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Jaume Costa discusses Calleja impact at Villarreal

New coach Javi Calleja has only been in the job less than a fortnight but is already having an impact, according to Jaume Costa.

In a recent interview with Mundo Deportivo, he noted that there is visible change in character and attitude amongst the players since his appointment.

This was particularly evident in their last league game before the international break against Eibar, where they won 3-0 thanks to a Cedric Bakambu hat-trick.

The El Submarino Amarillo left back has remarked on the new 4-3-1-2 system the manager has already instilled into the team, saying that it is their collective responsibility to work on and improve on the idea which the manager desires.

Calleja wants the team to take control of the game with a high possession and attacking style of play and “the intention is to control the ball to recover the concepts that were lost”.

He added that “With this system the sides will have a greater role in attack without neglecting the defensive line”.

Former Villarreal player Calleja was promoted from the B team to succeed Fran Escriba following his sacking after only 6 league games this season.

The final straw for Escriba was the 4-0 loss to Getafe.  Since the appointment, Villarreal’s only other game under Calleja was a goalless draw in Israel against Maccabi Tel Aviv.  He was unbeaten with the B team before making the step up to the senior team.

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