Alavés – Villarreal: Calleja crosses the road

He faces the submarine for the first time after having trained in all categories and putting the team in Europe

Lto race of Javier Calleja placeholder image has been linked to Villarreal since in the year 1999 came to CD Onda, then yellow subsidiary. With the club The flat He was promoted to the First Division, became a player and went on to enjoy a Champions League semi-final. In the 2012 hung up the boots and began his career as a coach at the Villarreal club. Started in category cadet before making the jump to a junior in which he made history by winning three leagues and a champions cup. After a short visit to the subsidiary the opportunity would come to him lead the first team to replace Fran Escribá in the 17/18 season

For three seasons lived un slide of emotions: rankings for Europe, a controverted dismissal to be recovered by Fernando Roig himself month and a half later, and his unexpected march last season for the benefit of the arrival of Unai emery despite getting the objective of classifying Villarreal fifth in LaLiga. A decision that never understood the Madrid coach and what it still hurts. And who, by the way, he did not like the role of Emery himself in that operation: “I have nothing to talk to him about,” he said at the time.


For the first time, the Castellón team and their substitute on the bench will be measured as a coach

Villarreal comes to the game with the intention to maintain his recently conquered fifth place and with the aim of secure a place in the Europa League via league. Emery will bet again on the rotations in the eleven given the demanding schedule that still awaits you and with the European semi-final against Arsenal on the horizon like great goal of the season. Footballers like Gerard and Chukwuezedecisive in the last games, they will start on the bench, since it is not ruled out that players like Parejo or Pedraza have a well deserved rest. With this panorama, it will be more than ever time for the second unit hold option high yellow from fighting for Europe.

The Deportivo Alavés wants to maintain the good feelings that it has had since the arrival of Javier Calleja with four points out of six possible, out of the drop stations and without having fitted no goal. To face Villarreal the Madrid coach will not be able to count on Rubén Duarte, who in the last match injured his right ankle, and suffers an injury to his plantar fascia, that is why Martin Aguirregabiria will occupy the demarcation as a left back. The doubt resides, once the ownership of Jota Peleteiro it seems clear, in itself it will be Pere Pons who starts from the beginning, or if, on the contrary, Luis will do it Rioja.

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