Match of the week: Villarreal - Liverpool
By cy.Reporter, 3 May, 2022
Villarreal-Liverpool, semi-final phase second match, stadium: "i Estadio De La Ceramica", 22:00, cytavision3
Villarreal hosts Liverpool for the second match of the semi-finals of the Champions League, with Jurgen Klopp's team being the absolute favorite to qualify for the final of the institution, after the 2-0 victory in the first match and the guests want to make the big surprise, however, they need three goals to achieve it.
Villarreal wants to achieve a small miracle against Liverpool. Unai Emery's team wants a two-goal lead to extend the game and a three-goal lead to qualify. However, the "Yellow Submarine" will fight without stress, as its course this year is already considered successful. In the match that ended in Spain, Villarreal was defeated 2-1 by Alaves, as a result of which it is in seventh place and is "chasing" the European ticket for the new season.
Liverpool wants to "seal" the ticket for the final. Jürgen Klopp's team is the absolute favorite to qualify for the final after the 2-0 victory of the first match and traveled to Spain for another victory, however even with a defeat by one goal it will have achieved its goal. The psychology is high in the team, as well as in the English championship, it prevailed away from Newcastle and is only one point behind the top, four games before the end, while it does not have to face significant competitive problems.
Plus and minus
+ He will fight knowing he is the underdog. It is already considered successful, so it has nothing to lose
- Has just two wins in its last five home games in the Champions League.
+ Has five consecutive wins in all competitions
- Has conceded at least one goal in four of its five away matches.
Two wins, two losses and a draw in the last five matches of Villarreal in all competitions
Liverpool have five consecutive victories in all matches in their last five games.
Liverpool have 100% wins in all away matches in this year 's Champions League
Liverpool have scored in both halves in 55% of this year 's Champions League matches
Villarreal have scored two goals in three of their five home games in this year's Champions League.
In two of Villarreal's last five matches in all competitions, less than 2.5 goals have been scored.
In three matches Villarreal has one victory and Liverpool has two.
Emery: "Making the perfect game"
Unai Emery said that Villarreal must play the perfect game to beat Liverpool. "We are very focused on the work we are doing. I have not read or heard anything. Liverpool has lost only three matches. We have to make the perfect match. To provoke them to something that no one has done to them before. You have to find the opponent's weaknesses and hit there ".
Klopp: "We are ready to suffer"
Jürgen Klopp also spoke about today's match, stating: "We did not win the games by staying low and playing with counter-attacks. We tried to be ourselves and we have to do the same again. "We should be prepared to suffer and lag behind at times, but not as a general approach."
Villarreal: 4-3-3: Ruli, Voight, Albiol, Torres, Estupinian, Capoue, Parejo, Coquelin, Moreno, Chuquese, Lo Celso
Liverpool 4-3-3: Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Conate, Van Dyke, Robertson, Fambino, Henderson, Thiago, Salah, Mane, Diaz