Having never qualified for a final in their history, 2021 will be remembered in Villarreal as the year they played their first final and won their first title, something historic for a club that belongs to a small town. But thanks to winning the Europa League, today they will have the opportunity to play their second final and win another title, in this case the European Super Cup, against the Champions League champion, Chelsea.
Unfortunately, the yellow submarine arrives with several sensitive casualties such as Parejo, a fundamental piece in the spinal cord, and his companion, Coquelin. In addition, Chukwueze, an unbalancing winger who could contribute a lot on the offensive plot, will not be available either. That is why Villarreal will have to line up a team somewhat different from the usual one, but one that will surely compete and have options against Chelsea.
The Valladolid goalkeeper is recovering from his injury and will presumably start ahead of Rulli, since when he is healthy, he is a first-rate goalkeeper.
The captain regained sensations last season and promises to perform at the same level this season. His leadership will be very important in this final.
Despite his age, the center-back continues to provide a lot of security and defensive capacity, which seems crucial against Chelsea’s offensive potential.
The youth center-back comes without resting after having played the Eurocup and the Olympic Games with Spain. It has left some doubts, but it comes with much more competitive pace than the rest, so it can prevail.
The left-back won the game last season against Estupiñán, so everything indicates that he will be the starter against Chelsea.
With the resignation of Coquelin, Capoue is the only pure defensive midfielder in the squad, a position that seems essential to curb the offensive potential of the blues.
He was a fundamental pillar last season thanks to his contribution in the construction of the game and in the defensive field, so he will start today.
Trigueros is a somewhat irregular player, capable of unbalancing a game with his talent, or going unnoticed, but with the casualties of the midfield he must take a step forward and throw the team on his back.
The young winger is fully established in the team and seems very important in the game to pressure and be able to create danger from the left wing permanently.
He is the great star of this team. He was one of the heroes of the final and today he must appear again, he has the quality for it.
Paco Alcácer always ensures goals wherever he plays and at Villarreal he is no exception.