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Javi Calleja left with mixed feelings after Sevilla draw

Villarreal boss Javi Calleja was left with mixed feelings after his side let slip a two-goal lead to Sevilla on Saturday. Steven N’Zonzi’s late strike completed a remarkable comeback draw for Sevilla against the Yellow Submarine, after they had initially trailed the visitors by two goals and had Wissam Ben Yedder sent off before a dramatic final 25 minutes at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Daniel Rabaseda and Carlos Bacca put the visitors ahead but in truth it should of been a lot more than a two-goal lead as Calleja saw…

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Villarreal are in serious danger of losing their European spot and Calleja has to find an answer

Villarreal is in serious danger of slipping out of La Liga’s top six following a dismal run of form. Just one point separates Villarreal in sixth spot from Girona in seventh after the Catalan club came away from Estadio de la Ceramica with all three points on Saturday. It’s not the first scalp Girona have achieved this season, far from it, but at home, Villarreal will be desperately disappointed. Especially as the loss arrives on the back of a defeat to another European rival in Eibar and amidst a run of…

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Calleja on La Liga’s enthralling Europa League race

Villarreal boss has said his side’s chances of gaining a European place this season ‘will go down to the wire’ after seeing a whole host of teams keep up the pace. La Liga have been awarded four Champions League places and two Europa League spots this season, and with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia occupying the top four spots – a whole host of sides are looking to gain the two other European placecs. The Yellow Submarine currently sit fifth, two points above Vincenzo Montella’s Sevilla, whilst Girona,…

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Lyon defeat shows Javi Calleja why his Villarreal desperate need to add attacking talent this summer

Villarreal crashed out of the Europa League at the Round of 32 stage but they didn’t die wondering in the second leg against Lyon. From the first leg, it was clear that Lyon have the pace and power in reserve to not only brush Villarreal aside, but to be potential winners of the competition. Javi Calleja responded to the 3-1 defeat in Lyon with a very good tactical effort in the second leg, keeping things solid until the break before throwing on the likes of Samu Castillejo and Denis Cherychev…

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Bakambu out, Moreno in at Villarreal

Villarreal boss Javi Calleja has announced that Cedric Bakambu will leave the club this month, whilst a reported bid has been made to Espanyol for Gerard Moreno. The Congolese striker has been in superb form this season, netting an impressive 14 goals in all competitions but the Yellow Submarine have been helpless in their desire to keep hold of him past interest from China. Bakambu’s links to China follow that of Maxi Gomez, who was on the verge of leaving Celta Vigo before the winter break. And, after negotiations over…

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Villarreal have to get things right in the summer window to replace Atletico-bound Rodri and the ageing Bruno Soriano

Villarreal have agreed their latest sale of a player destined for the top with Rodri Hernandez heading to Atletico Madrid in the summer. Fernando Roig announced on Monday that the 21-year-old will join El Rojiblanco in the summer for a £20 million fee with five variables. Rodrigo is seen as the natural replacement for Sergio Buquets in the Spanish national team in years to come after a series of impressive performances for Villarreal in the absence of seasoned midfielder Bruno Sorianio. The 21-year-old started his career with Atlerico Madrid, before…

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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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Villarreal frontman Bakambu sets goals target

Fresh back from international duty with DR Congo, Cedric Bakambu announced to the media that he has a number of goals in mind for this season. However, no figure has been announced.  “That is not a topic I like nor do I want to talk, I do not think I should give figures, what I should do is focus on setting the maximum possible.” said the striker. He admits that he takes great confidence in scoring goals which is the ultimate aim for any striker. “I have a number of goals in…

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Escriba discusses hurtful Villarreal sacking

Former coach of Villarreal CF announced today feels hurt but insists he does not hold a grudge against the club. Speaking to Radio Marca, Fran Escriba believes that it will be years until he will fully comprehend the decision.  He refers to the fact that Villarreal finished in a decent 5th position which secured Europa League qualification. However, one draw and three losses in the La Liga this year was enough for the board to sack him.  The final nail in the coffin was the 4 nil loss away to Getafe. The…

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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…

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