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Villareal vs Real Sociedad

by Colin on La Liga

El Madrigal will host the game between the teams of Villarreal and Real Sociedad this Sunday. December is about to be very intense for both teams.


Villarreal is at the 6th position in the Spanish BBVA League with 21 points. This was the same position they finished last season. The 6th place gave „The Yellow Submarine” the chance to play in Europa League. The Yellows are second in their group A and share the group with the teams of FC Zurich, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Apollon Limassol. In the last fixture from this tournament they hosted the German side Borussia Moenchengladbach in probably the most exciting game for a spectacular 2-2 draw.
Villareal seems to find their football with many passes and the rhythm they used to have before their relegation at the end of 2011-2012 season. After a football year spent in Segunda Division the team has won a promotion to the top league again and a position giving them the right to play in Europe League. Manuel Pellegrini , who is at Manchester City now, used to manage the team few years ago when they were enjoying Champions League football and they were pretending for the title. In the old times in the squad shined names of players like Robert Pires (at the end of his career), Santiago Cazorla, Joan Capdevila and the ex-captain Marcos Senna. Now Marcelino Garcia Toral is trying to build his team around the few players left from the glory old days, players like Bruno Soriano (captain) and Cani. The rest of the team consists of young players hungry for showing their skills. Giovani dos Santos and Denis Cheryshev are perfect example for this. The Mexican international dos Santos arrived at the club last season and seems to found his place after he was considered a big hope at Barcelona couple of years ago. Since then he had to change the clubs, going through Tottenham Hotspur, Ipswich, Galatasaray and Mallorca. Denis Cheryshev is enjoying a very good season so far as well. The Russian winger whose rights are owned by Real Madrid had to spend last season on loan at Sevilla, but he was not given the chance he was hoping for. This year Villarreal’s manager Marcelino counts on him, because of his good plays for the Yellow team recently.

David Moyes, the David Moyes

The team of Real Sociedad is having a difficult times at Anoeta. The team played in the Champions League last year, after they finished at the fourth place in the end of 2012-2013 season. Carlos Vela and Antoine Griezmann’s good understanding on the pitch and the plenty of goals projected by them contributed for the upper qualifying of the team in the Spanish League last few seasons. The French winger left his Mexican partner Vela alone in „The Royals” attack in direction Vicente Calderone, Atletico Madrid. He was replaced in the summer by the former Real Madrid and Valencia forward Sergio Canales.
The Scottish, David Moyes took the team in November this year. He was appointed to replace Jagoba Arrasate after the disappointing start of the season for the Basques from San Sebastian. Currently the team takes the 14th place in League BBVA with 13 points and only 3 wins in their active.

Real stronger in Copa del Rey

During the week Villarreal and Real Sociedad travelled for their Copa del Rey games Thursday night. Villarreal took advantage over Cadiz before the return game with 1-2. David Moyes team missed to take advantage after finishing 0-0 at Carlos Tartiere with Real Oviedo.
History shows 9 wins for Villareal, 5 losses and 8 draws. Last year’s games at El Madrigal has finished 5-1 for the home side and the last win for Sociedad at this stadium comes from April, 2006th.


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