Villarreal have had a forgettable start to the season, sacking two different coaches and slipping away from the European places that the ‘Yellow Submarine’ have tended to occupy in recent seasons.
After Setién‘s bad start and the bad dynamic with Pacheta, the Cerámica’s Stadium will once again enjoy the figure of Marcelino García Toral, the man who brought the club back to the First Division and re-established them in the upper-middle of the table.
It is true that Villarreal’s squad has dropped in level compared to last season, as players such as Pau Torres, Samu Chukwueze and Nicolas Jackson have left, and only Sørloth has arrived as a guaranteed replacement.
However, the Asturian coach is the ideal man to get the fans excited again, as he has signed for three seasons and the board has given him absolute power.
At the moment, the team seems to be back on track under Marcelino, having won all three of the games he has coached in his return to the ‘Groguet’ team. One of the keys has been the performance of Morales. The ‘Commander’ hasn’t stopped scoring since the return of the Asturian and is proving that he still has enough to play in this team.
Another key factor is that Dani Parejo, a player who was essential for Marcelino at Valencia, seems to be recovering his level after a terrible start to the season.
Up front, we will see if Gerard Moreno is able to have the necessary continuity and the effect that the absence of players like Sørltoh or Yéremy Pino has, something that, on the other hand, gives opportunities to players like Ilias Akhomach or Ben Brereton.
The good news is the great form of goalkeeper Filip Jörgensen, who started the season leaving many doubts and is currently the goalkeeper who has made the most saves in the five big leagues, a spectacular statistic.
With the Asturian’s authority in this new Villarreal project, there is every indication that new reinforcements will arrive in January and the team will regain that desire to compete under Marcelino, of that there is no doubt.
Will it be enough to reach the European places?
Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.
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