Thursday, December 2

Villarreal gambles its future in Europe against Young Boys

The Villarreal players, in training.

The Villarreal travels with little margin of error to Bern to face Young Boys in the group stage of the Champions League, in which he adds one point of the six already contested and in which a defeat in Swiss lands would leave him with hardly any margin for classification.

An adverse outcome would even make jeopardize third place, which gives the right to play the Europa League, while a victory would return Unai Emery’s team all the qualifying options and even thinking about leading the group.

The team had chained a series of good results, but on Sunday they stumbled at home against Osasuna (1-2) with a goal in the final leg of the match, a circumstance that bears some similarity to the one experienced in the visit to Manchester United in the last European game, resolved in favor of the English team with a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo in the last minute (2-1).

For this encounter, Emery so it only has the loss of Boulayé Dia, who is recovering from his knee problems, although he will not be able to count on the presence of Serge Aurier, who cannot be entered in the competition. For this reason, the Basque coach can count on all his troops and will not take into account rotations or breaks given the importance of the crash.

Thus, the team could be made up of Gero Rulli as goalkeeper, with a defense formed by Juan Foyth, Raúl Albiol, Pau Torres and Alfonso Pedraza, while Éttiene Capoue will be in the center as a pivot, accompanied by Manu Trigueros and Dani Parejo. In the attack will present three very offensive footballers: Yeremi Pino, Gerard Moreno and Arnaut Danjuma, against a rival who, a priori, was presented as the weakest of the group, but who currently has an advantage over the Villarrealenses in the group’s qualifying table.

Gerard Moreno and Yeremy Pino. EP

The Young Boys, meanwhile, come to meet slight doubts after their initial streak of victories in the Swiss league was broken last weekend with a draw at home against Lucerne, last classified in the Swiss championship. The Berne team had until then four consecutive victories, and many of them crowned with thrashes such as the 0-6 endorsed by Servette de Geneva, the 1-6 at Lausanne or the 4-0 at FC Zurich, all of them in less than a month.

Led by the German David Wagner, the Bernese are currently third in the Swiss league standings, a position however discreet for the local fans, considering that they have won the last four championships.

In the Champions League they have offered mixed feelings with a victory against Manchester United and a defeat against Italian Atalanta, although the three points they count allow them to occupy the second position of the group.

The fans who will attend the match at the Wankdorf Stadium tomorrow trust that their team will take advantage of the apparent bad moment of form of Villarreal, last in the group and in a discreet twelfth position in the Spanish league.

Probable lineups

Young Boys: Von Ballmoos; Hefti, Camara, Lauper, García; Fassnacht, Martins Pereira, Aebischer, Ngamaleu; Siebatcheu, Elijah

Villarreal: Rulli, Foyth, Raúl Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza, Capoue, Parejo, Manu Trigueros, Gerard Moreno, Yeremi Pino and Danjuma

Referee: Sergie Karasev (RUS)

Stadium: Wankdorf

Hour: 21:00.

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