The Yellow Submarine faces a major challenge such as contesting the European title against Chelsea, a club that comes as a very favorite with the achievement of the Champions League months ago and the incorporation of Romelu Lukaku.
Both clubs will face their first official stake before starting their respective domestic competitions, with Chelsea hosting Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday the 14th and Villarreal doing the same with Granada in LaLiga, in this case on Monday the 16th. first, what will Unai Emery’s people need?
The project of the Hondarribia coach showed in the final of the Europa League that at the level of emotional impact it is difficult to beat them. It is a very established block, with a good balance between veterans, mature and young players. They were able to fight against Manchester United until they were victorious, with which there is no doubt that they need to be at the same level emotionally.
This summer has been a not very busy market, with the incorporations of Boulaye Dia and Aïssa Mandi to reinforce the front and rear, respectively, in addition to the continuity of Juan Foyth in the form of a permanent purchase and the repurchase of Manuel Morlanes. Waiting to see if the return of Pau Torres is to be a starter, the center-back could start from the beginning as he has done in several preseason matches, being important that he connects with a group that has just done what he did.
The London side are very ambitious in their offensive approach, something especially notable since the landing of Thomas Tuchel. He has numerous high-quality troops and also has N’Golo Kanté and Jorge Luiz Frello “Jorginho” in the midfield to reach from behind and press and retract very well.
In a likely three-center system, it will be important for the men at the top to look for a lot of verticality in the spaces they find. For this it will be important that Alberto Moreno and Yeremy Pino try to make the team long by recovering the ball from their respective positions.
Chelsea have sections of the game where they drown with their pressure and recover the ball in very advanced positions, managing to do it with an opponent trying to get out and, consequently, with their relevant displacement to retreat. Trying to resist in difficult moments and trying to create danger, taking advantage of each exit with spaces or set pieces will be the ones that can give them options.
The Villarreal coach has only beaten Chelsea once, on January 19, 2019, when he won (2-0) with Arsenal in the Premier League. They got a draw (1-1) on September 28, 2011 in the group stage of the Champions League with Valencia, but have lost the other three games, one with Mestalla and two with Los gunners.