wants to assert that Thursday in Zagreb his status as favorite against Croatian Dinamo in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Europa League
and achieve a result that allows him to approach the semifinals of the competition.
Despite the theoretical superiority, Villarreal is aware that their rival was able to leave out a team like him. Tottenham Hotspur
in the previous tie, but at the same time he is confident in the good moment in which he reaches the game after adding five victories in a row, leaving behind a negative streak of eight games without winning in LaLiga.
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In addition, the Castellón team faces the duel having won all the games in the Europa League except for one, which is an almost immaculate path after having shown superior in the group stage and eliminated with solvency to Red Bull Salzburg and Dinamo Kiev in the previous qualifiers.
Likewise, in recent weeks Villarreal has recovered many troops, such as Alberto Moreno, Rubén Peña, Pau Torres or Francis Coquelin, which has reinforced the team for the final stretch of the season.
In the chapter of casualties, Vicente Iborra is still out, an absence to which has been added the loss of lateral Pervis Estupiñán, injured in the call of his selection.
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Regarding the eleven, it seems that the coach is going to bet on his typical team in Europe with Gero Rulli as goalkeeper, a defense made up of Mario Gaspar, Raúl Albiol, Pau Torres and Alfonso Pedraza, a midfield with Étienne Capoue, Manu Trigueros and Dani Parejo who would accompany Gerard Moreno and Samu Chukwueze on the wings in attack and with Carlos Bacca as a leading forward.
The Croatian team faces the game with enthusiasm after having beaten Tottenham 3-0, but weighed down by the injuries of several forwards and aware that their opponent is the favorite.
“We are absolutely full of confidence, especially after Tottenham, but we have to be cautious and humble. We have to accept that Villarreal is the favorite,” one of Dinamo’s best players, midfielder Luka Ivanusec, evaluated this Wednesday.
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Croatian international goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, record for the number of minutes in the Europa League without goals conceded and who had a great performance against the English team, also stressed that Dinamo expects a positive result.
“Villarreal is a very serious team but we are going to fight like Tottenham, and we expect a positive result,” he stressed in an interview published today by the Zagreb daily Sportske novosti.
The goalkeeper said that just as he was able to control Tottenham striker Harry Kane, he will also be prepared to do so with Gerard Moreno. “
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The best Croatian club have not lost at home in the Europa League for over six years and are considered to have achieved historic success by reaching the Europa League quarter-finals for the first time in 51 years.
Regarding his casualties, international Bruno Petkovic, who suffered a dislocated shoulder, trained slightly on Tuesday but the decision on his participation will be made just before the game and just as uncertain is the presence of “Super” Mario Gavranovic.
The only option to replace them in the attacking position would be Mislav Orsic, who usually plays as a left back but showed his skills as a striker against Tottemham.
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The positive news for the Croatian team is that defender Josko Gvardiol, the team’s best-valued player, who was absent for a month, has recovered.
Dinamo: Livakovic, Ristovski, Lauritsen, Theophile-Catherine, Franjic, Majer, Jakic, Ademi, Ivanusec, Misic and Orsic
Villarreal CF: Rulli, Mario, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza; Capoue, Parejo, Jaume Costa; Gerard Moreno, Chukwueze, Bacca
Referee: Daniel Siebert (German)
Time: 2:00 pm