“Is our moment”. The phrase echoes incessantly in all corners of the yellow club for weeks. Perhaps it is one of the most listened to since the ‘excited’ Villarreal got rid of Arsenal and managed to reach his first european grand final. The one that, after a long wait, it is clear that it must take advantage of. An opportunity longed for and sought after by the ‘Submarine’ for years and achieved in Unai Emery’s first year on the bench, authentic competition record man. And all despite the mammoth entity of the rival, a Manchester United with extensive continental experience that is the great favorite to win the competition. The excellent Europa League held by the people of Castellón is the best reason to believe and not wake up from this dream. Also the presence, finally, of more than 2,000 ‘groguets’ fans who will tuck in their team in the beautiful Arena in Gdansk.
It is the illusion of the ‘Submarino’ and that of an entire town that has always shown to be committed to Villarreal. They accompanied him in some vibrant semifinals -even from the streets of the town of Castellón- and they will not fail this Wednesday in the search to reach their first continental title. They will do it after living a relatively comfortable and flawless season in Europe, as well as exciting practically from the beginning. With hardly any difficulties to overcome their rivals and standing in the final with the best possible face.
A mixture of youth and maturity that make up a solid team that has been very serious on the defensive side. Footballers like goalkeeper Rulli, Pau Torres, Albiol, Capoue or Parejo are the best exponents of a Villarreal that cannot be understood without the overflow and impudence of Samu Chukwueze and the icing on the cake. a fantastic Gerard Moreno, who is living the best moment of his career. They trust they can count on full-back Foyth.
Once again, the role played by the Catalan forward will be key in a final in which the ‘Submarino’ must offer his best version against him. imponente Manchester United de Solskjaer. A proud coach of his team who is struggling to return the club to the front row after landing in 2018 on a broken block. “It’s just a step to be back,” says the Norwegian coach, who, as his own footballers say, has changed the mentality of a club where stars such as De Gea, Pogba, Cavani and Bruno Fernandes play.
Bruno Fernandes, the great threat
The Portuguese is his great pupil and threat to Villarreal, the definitive quality leap for the team, an advantage and one of the proper names of the season in the second continental competition. Real Sociedad, Granada or Rome, more recently, have been some of its victims. An excellent midfielder – awarded as the best of the course in England – and a great assistant with a lot of danger in attack. His have been five of the goals scored since the round of 32 -the same ones that the experienced Cavani has signed- and countless quality samples that have also helped the ‘Red Devils’ to get second place in the Premier, only behind from their Manchester neighbors. A sweet runner-up, which for the Norwegian coach would be insufficient in Europe. “We will be happy only if we win”He declared in the preview of the momentous clash, in which he assured that “the players know that they sign for United to lift trophies.”
On their big night, Emery and the yellow team will try to prevent the English from winning an increasingly precious Europa League, a tournament that over the years has been surpassing in prestige. It will be the fifth final of this competition played by the Hondarribia coach and the great goal of a rookie Villarreal who wants to continue enjoying his great moment. And succeed a historic Seville in the record, which achieved the last triumph a year ago. As the ‘Submarino’ says on their social networks, “we are made of dreams.” The most immediate would be to put the icing on the cake to an exceptional season by beating Manchester United to, in this way, do justice to this flawless season and lift the first trophy of the Spanish team.
Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza, Capoue, Parejo, Pino, Trigueros, Paco Alcácer and Gerard Moreno.
- Manchester United:
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelöf, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford and Cavani.
Clément Turpin (Francia).
Movistar Champions League.