Villarreal know their possibilities of advancing previous Bayern Munich within the Champions League will rely largely on whether or not they can efficiently comprise Robert Lewandowski.
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And hopes are excessive contemplating the crew’s latest success in opposition to one other high striker. The Spanish membership is coming off a round-of-16 overcome Juventus when its defence received the perfect of Dusan Vlahovic.
Villarreal defender Pau Torres stated the squad has sufficient expertise going through a few of the world’s high forwards and will probably be prepared for the duty at hand starting within the first leg of the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
“These are the challenges we take pleasure in,” Torres informed Marca TV. “Every striker has his type and we are going to be certain we all know tips on how to make issues troublesome for Lewandowski. He’s a really full striker. Typically it looks as if he’s not doing a lot, however ultimately, he’s at all times a risk.”
Torres confronted Lewandowski with Spain in final yr’s European Championship, a 1-1 draw within the group stage when Lewandowski scored a second-half equalizer.
Vlahovic additionally scored in opposition to Villarreal within the first leg of the spherical of 16, getting on the board within the first minute at La Cerámica Stadium, however neither the Serbian striker nor teammate Álvaro Morata may discover the web within the second leg in Italy — a stunning 3-0 win by the modest Spanish membership.
Villarreal additionally confronted Cristiano Ronaldo twice within the group stage, with the ahead scoring a objective in every of Manchester United’s victories.
Lewandowski is the Champions League’s main scorer with 12 targets from eight matches. He has greater than 50 targets this season for his membership and his nation and is ranked third within the all-time listing of Champions League scorers, behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He has scored seven targets in his final 5 video games in all competitions.
“He has superb numbers and any crew wish to have most of these gamers,” stated Torres, who scored one of many targets in Villarreal’s win at Juventus within the second leg. “We must do a superb job to comprise him and maintain him from scoring in opposition to us.”
Villarreal midfielder Manu Trigueros stated coach Unai Emery — who’s within the Champions League quarterfinals for the primary time — can have the crew ready to face the highly effective Bayern squad.
“He pays consideration to element. He dissects every little thing so gamers have every little thing as straightforward as doable or as many options as they want earlier than a match,” Trigueros stated. “We now have many discussions with him and he’s very talkative, and he will get by to the gamers. Everybody round him spends hours watching movies so the gamers have every little thing they want.”
Villarreal is coming off their second consecutive Spanish league defeat — a 2-0 loss at second-to-last-place Levante when Emery didn’t relaxation lots of his common starters.
Villarreal, the defending Europa League champions, are again within the Champions League quarterfinals for the primary time since 2009. Their finest marketing campaign was a semifinal look in 2006 once they misplaced to Arsenal.
“Villarreal has a coach with a variety of expertise at profitable on the worldwide stage,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann stated. “The crew could be very skilled and we might want to work out tips on how to break them down.”
Bayern made it to the final eight 10 occasions within the final 11 seasons. The crew is enjoying within the quarterfinals for a document twentieth time.
The second leg is subsequent week in Munich.
The winner of the fixture will play both Benfica or Liverpool within the semifinals.
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