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We start the Spanish football Sunday with the cellar cracker between Villarreal and Espanyol in the Ceramica. Both teams have an absolute disaster season and must make every effort to survive in La Liga.
It is a mess this year at Villarreal. At the end of last year trainer Javi Calleja was sent out for a series of bad results, after which Luis Garcia was appointed as the successor. Under Garcia, the yellow shirts actually started to play even worse, so that too could quickly grab their bags. The board then reappeared with Calleja, who will be back on the bench in the Ceramica on Sunday afternoon just 50 days after his discharge. There is therefore no question of policy at Villarreal. Incidentally, the French AS Monaco did the same this season, by choosing again for Leonardo Jardim after the resignation of Thierry Henry. The last time such a thing happened in Spain was in the 1993-1994 season, when Guus Hiddink went back to work at the same club only four days after his resignation at Valencia.
You could say that it is courageous for the board to reconnect to the same coach that you did not release two months ago, because you actually allow yourself to be wrong. There is absolutely no question of a healthy policy at Villarreal. The fallen subtopper is currently in the penultimate position, so it is not easy to keep your head cool. The yellow shirts hope that Calleja can lead them towards calmer waters, although that will not be easy. Villarreal already lost eight competitive matches in a row. That is mainly due to a lack of scoring power, because with only 21 goals in just as many games, only Leganes and Real Valladolid are doing worse. The team is no longer a shadow of the team that won in previous years with beautiful and offensive football qualification for European football. Too many key players have been out of shape for some time.
Also at Espanyol one is not at all satisfied with the course of the current season. The Catalans are still in a safe fifteenth place, but that classification is largely masked by a good start of the competition. With no less than nine defeats in the last ten league matches, the blue-whites are completely out of shape and the relegation zone is rapidly approaching. Chairman Chen Yansheng recently expressed his confidence in trainer Rubi, but according to some journalists Rubi must clear the field if Sunday afternoon is lost again.
It is therefore panic in the RCDE Stadium. Espanyol usually has to have a close defense, but that line has been extremely vulnerable in the last three weeks with no less than ten goals in the last three league matches. In addition, Los Pericos was eliminated in the Copa del Rey last Wednesday after an extension by Real Betis. “We’re all through it,” said attacker Leo Baptistao, who a day later moved to the Chinese Wuhan Zall. ‘We played for 120 minutes and after the red card for Marc Roca we were less on the field with a man. You feel that. ” So it remains to be seen how fresh the Catalans will appear at the kick-off on Sunday afternoon.
Villarreal vs Espanyol head to head matches
17.01.19 CDR Espanyol Villarreal 3 : 1
09.01.19 CDR Villarreal Espanyol 2 : 2
07.10.18 LL Espanyol Villarreal 3 : 1
18.02.18 LL Espanyol Villarreal 1 : 1
21.09.17 LL Villarreal Espanyol 0 : 0