Unai Emerys Masterplan Helps Villarreal End Bayern Munichs 30

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Unai Emery's Masterplan Helps Villarreal to End Bayern Munich's 30 Match Unbeaten Run

This article looks at how Unai Emerys Masterplan helped Villarreal to beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the Champions League quarter-finals. We'll also look at Danjuma's contribution and Villarreal's hunger for the match. In this article we'll cover the key moments from the game and discuss the impact of the goals of Lewandowki and Danjuma.

Unai Emery's Masterplan helped Villarreal beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in Champions League quarter-finals

After knocking out Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League‚ Unai Emery's side now face Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. Villarreal have lost their last three matches but still remain third in LaLiga‚ 12 points behind fourth-placed Sevilla. The team is sure to apply the lessons they learned against Juventus to get past the German champions. The first goal comes from a fluke - a cross from the left by Coquelin flies over Neuer. But Villarreal's defending has been brilliant‚ with the width of the box completely defended and Bayern unable to penetrate them. Bayern have struggled to defend well on the counter-attack so far‚ but Villarreal have a more balanced approach this time. Danjuma has been a key player in Villarreal's European exploits. He scored twice in the Champions League away win against Atalanta in December‚ was man of the match against Manchester United at Old Trafford‚ and scored a late penalty against Juventus in the Europa League last 16. A goal from Pedri in the second half was the difference in the game against Sevilla‚ but the striker was still on the ground‚ as was his team's captain Diego Carlos. Pedri's goal was described as astonishing in various media outlets. The goal was also described as evocative of Ronaldinho and Messi. As a result‚ Ndombele is likely to be involved in the team's upcoming Europa League clash against West Ham. He'll also feature in the team's Ligue 1 match against Strasbourg on Sunday. Ndombele has also made an impressive impression since joining Villarreal from Tottenham on transfer deadline day. Meanwhile‚ Sarr is breaking a start-sub-start pattern for Metz. While Metz are second-bottom in the league table‚ Clermont are further ahead. While Manchester City are the favourites to win the Premier League‚ they are also due to make a statement. Despite this‚ they are yet to beat Manchester City on their home turf. Leicester's star Jamie Vardy is still recovering from injury and will probably not feature against Manchester City. Meanwhile‚ Patson Daka replaced him in the EFL Cup win over Brighton. Xavi was another player whose age is an advantage. He is 36 and hunched over the ball. He doesn't score or tackle but he passes with precision and wit. Xavi's passing ability was unmatched in the Champions League quarter-finals. However‚ Xavi's age was not an issue‚ as his Spanish teammates still have plenty of talent. Meanwhile‚ Villarreal's masterplan will continue against Manchester City. While Salah and Mane were given rests in the midweek League Cup match‚ Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer will likely start against Juventus. Despite the fact that the Italian giants have not played in 11 days‚ they will be keen to inflict their fourth defeat on Jose Mourinho's side.

Unai Emery's hunger

It's not often a club can draw a blank against their top rivals‚ but Bayern Munich were no match for Villarreal. The Spaniards defeated Bayern 1-0 with a clean sheet‚ ending their unbeaten run in the Champions League. Bayern haven't kept a clean sheet in the Champions League for three years. The last time a team drew a blank in the Champions League was when Liverpool shut them out in February 2019. Although Villarreal were unable to take advantage of several chances in the first half‚ they deserved the victory against Bayern. The early goal from Arnaut Danjuma was fortuitous‚ but the win was still highly satisfying. Villarreal's solid defensive line was impressive‚ and the midfield exploited their experience against a technically superior Bayern side. The Spaniard's masterplan was effective‚ containing Robert Lewandowski - the club's top scorer with seven goals - and making Villarreal a team greater than their parts. Emery has also proven his worth by working with perennial underdogs such as Atalanta BC and Juventus. Villarreal‚ meanwhile‚ beat Bayern due to their relentless work rate and hunger. Danjuma is another example of an outgoing player. He has 14 goals in 32 appearances for club and country this season and demonstrates no sign of arrogance. Instead‚ he displays a hunger for improvement. He chose Villarreal under Emery last summer because he knows his development is not complete yet. That's why Danjuma is an essential part of the Villarreal team. The team's defence and organisation have been impressive‚ with the width of the box being crucial. Bayern aren't close enough to pick a hole in Villarreal's structure. Villarreal will need a lot of luck to reach the Champions League semi-final. This is what Emery's masterplan is all about. If Villarreal can stay healthy and improve their form‚ they may just win it. In the first leg‚ Villarreal's victory over El Submarino Amarillo showed their collective strength and should be a testament to the work of Unai Emery since taking over the reins. Although Villarreal have struggled in the Champions League‚ Emery's record in the Europa League is impressive. This is another way in which Villarreal can end Bayern Munichs record. Having been a relatively conservative manager at Valencia‚ Emery embraced a more aggressive approach at Sevilla. But this season‚ Emery has shunned the conservative approach at Sevilla‚ but Villarreal are still in mid-table and a European spot remains far away. His physique and power could make him a better option for Sevilla than his predecessors. Pepe has sported an impressive European season so far and is in form. He scored five goals and provided four assists in the Europa League. Pepe's fine form has earned him a place in the starting XI despite being a record signing for the Gunners. And he has another motivation to prove Emery wrong about Wilfried Zaha‚ a player Emery coveted in the same window.

Danjuma's contribution to Villarreal's win

After scoring twice for AFC Bournemouth against Swansea City in the Premier League last month‚ Arnaut Danjuma was captured on camera by BT Sport's cameras after the game. He then gave a memorable post-match interview. His goal against Juventus added an extra touch to a game that was already packed with magic. The former Aston Villa and AFC Bournemouth defender had won a league game for Swansea City in the English second tier a year ago and had also scored twice in a previous game. The emergence of a dynamic attacking midfielder has helped Villarreal's season. Danjuma is now playing a hybrid striker role‚ akin to a centre-forward‚ and he is more often used in the attacking third of the pitch‚ where he is closer to the opposition goal. He is a key part of Villarreal's penalty area threat‚ and Unai Emery has accommodated his talent by maintaining a good team structure. Arnaut Danjuma scored his sixth goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday. Danjuma‚ of Nigerian descent‚ joined Villarreal from Bournemouth in the summer. Danjuma has made a good start in Spain‚ and has scored 12 La Liga goals and three assists. His four goals in the Champions League have helped Villarreal finish second to Manchester United in Group F and progressed to the knockout stages. The first leg of the Champions League quarter-final between Bayern Munich and Villarreal is now a fortuitous 1-0 victory for the Spanish side. The home team's brilliant start in the first leg was rewarded by the goal of Arnaut Danjuma after 10 minutes. The home side had a few chances before Danjuma's goal and Francis Coquelin's effort was ruled out for offside. Gerard Moreno hit the post but was unable to score. Danjuma's goal rescued Villarreal from defeat and secured the points needed for the semi-finals. While Danjuma has been a revelation in Spain‚ it is not always easy to see him compared to his teammate Karim Benzema. Danjuma's goal against Granada was one of the fastest ever scored in the Champions League. But Danjuma's goal was a superb finish and he could very well match Benzema's record. Despite the goalless draw‚ Villarreal were able to keep the ball in their half‚ while Young Boys failed to create a clear-cut chance. Danjuma's goal was the difference between the two sides‚ and Villarreal reacted well by restricting Bayern's attacking threat. As the game entered the second half‚ Villarreal had the upper hand. The striker's ball retention numbers have also been impressive in La Liga. The player's ball retention rating last season was 63/100. He is a good dribbler and a good creator. But his best contribution this season was his outstanding performance at the Emirates against Arsenal. There is no doubt that he will have a bigger role to play this season‚ and Villarreal fans can't wait to see his talent develop in the coming months.