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Oblak on Champions League exit and Europa League plans

Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak has said he and his team-mates did not do enough to warrant qualification in the Champions League. Heading into the game at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening, Diego Simeone’s side knew they had it all to do to qualify and had to rely on a result in the Roma-Qarabag game. A 1-0 lead thanks to Saul Niguez gave the Spanish side hope, but Roma’s opener over in Italy saw their chances of qualification turn into nothing short of a miracle. The Italian side held on…

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Javi Calleja has worked wonders with Villarreal, but it’s the next seven games that could define his and the Yellows’ season

Javi Calleja has hit the ground running since stepping up from the B team to take over Villarreal back in September. There were plenty of fears surrounding Estadio de la Ceramica when Villarreal turned to B team boss Javi Calleja following the sacking of Fran Escriba almost two months ago. However, few could have foreseen the impact the former midfielder could have in his first spell as a senior manager, following five years with younger players at the club. Calleja walked into the job well respected after represented the Yellows…

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Villarreal and Sociedad go through as Athletic pick up big three points – Europa League Round Up

Villarreal secured their place in the Europa League Last 32 with an entertaining 3-2 victory at Astana. The Yellow Submarine started well and Nicola Sansone saw his shot cleared off the line but it was the hosts who took the lead thanks to a wonder goal from Junior Kabananga. Youngster Dani Caba pulled Villarreal level on 39 minutes with his first senior goal. He collected Carlos Bacca’s lofted pass before smashing the ball into the back of the net. Cedric Bakambu came off the bench and slotted home Sansone’s pass…

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Spanish sides enjoy a great night in UEL – Europa League Round Up

La Liga’s three Europa League representatives all picked up crucial wins in their matchday four ties tonight, take a look at our roundup. Villarreal remain top of Group A after a 2-0 win away to Slavia Prague. The Yellow Submarine made the perfect start, opening the scoring within the first 15 minutes through Carlos Bacca. Some great build up play involving Pablo Fornals and Mario Gaspar got the visitors into the box with the goalkeeper parrying Gaspar’s cross straight to Bacca who hammered the ball into the roof of the…

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Europa League round-up: Record breaking night for Real Sociedad

It was a record breaking night for Real Sociedad as they beat Vardar 6-0 in the Europa League, whilst Villarreal and Athletic Club were held to draws. Mikel Oyarzbal and William San Jose were crucial in Real Sociedad 6-0 away win against Vardar last night. Oyarzbal opened the scoring from a corner before setting up the first of San Jose’s four goals. The pick of the bunch was a long range effort from outside the box nestling in the goalkeepers near post. Sociedad remain second in the group due to…

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Javi Calleja to make changes against Slavia Prague

The Villarreal squad has been announced for the Europa League tie against Slavia Prague.  The eighteen men selected are as follows:- Goalkeepers: Barbosa and Cantero Defenders : Mario, Rukavina, Jaume Costa, Alvaro, Víctor Ruiz and Bonera Midfielders: Trigueros, Rodrigo, Soriano, Samu Castillejo, Fornals, Cheryshev and Ramiro Forwards: Bacca, Bakambu and Unal The only noticeable absentee is Nicola Sansone who has been replaced by Enes Unal.  Reuben Semedo, Sergio Asenjo, Andres Fernandez and Bruno Soriano have all been ruled out through injury. Javi Calleja is believed to make “many changes” to…

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La Liga News 

Cheryshev ready to push on after returning to action

Denis Cheryshev managed to gain some valuable playing minutes at the weekend in the victory against Girona.  He made his return to action in the 66th minute on Sunday. Cheryshev barely played last season due to various injuries but is hoping these are now a thing of the past.  Speaking in a press conference, Cheryshev has stated that every minute he gets on the field is precious. The Russian winger also states that although he has been available for the first team in recent times, he admits that he has…

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Disappointing night for Spanish sides in the Europa League

Both of the La Liga representatives in the Europa League from the Basque country went down to defeats in the 6pm kick offs. Real Sociedad faced Zenit in Russia with both sides having picked up heavy wins in their opening games. Zenit took the lead after just 5 minutes when a misplaced pass from Ruben Pardo found Emiliano Rigoni who fired past Geronimo Rulli from 20 yards. La Real were dominating possession but found themselves 2-0 down after 24 minutes after another horror mistake in defence. This time it was…

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Europa League Preview: Zenit St Petersburg (Real Sociedad, Group L)

Ahead of Real Sociedad’s game against Zenit St. Petersburg, we spoke with @ZenRusFan about his team chances in the Europa League and against La Real. Tell​ ​us​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​about​ ​Zenit? Zenit St. Petersburg are a team with the highest ambitions. Since famously winning the Europa league and UEFA Super Cup in 2008 the team has repeatedly won domestic titles but arguably failed to make the expected further breakthroughs in Europe. After the domestic successes recently also came to a halt the club put its faith in Roberto Mancini. How​…

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Escriba drawing on criticism ahead of Astana clash

Villarreal boss Fran Escriba is hoping recent criticism on his team will help them overcome Astana on Thursday evening in the Europa League. The Yellow Submarine face Kazakhstani side Astana on Thursday evening at home in opening game of this season’s European competition and they head into it having beaten Real Betis comfortably at the weekend. However, two defeats prior to the win over Quique Setien’s side – Escriba’s men had lost to Levante and joint table topping side Real Sociedad. Critique from fans and media in Spain followed, but…

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