Villarreal Vs Bayern Munich Results Highlights Analysis
Unai Emery's side have won their second straight Champions League game thanks to a first-half strike from Arnaut Danjuma. But why is Unai Emery so underrated? How can Villarreal's win be seen as a victory for Unai Emery? Also‚ we look at Bayern's 22-game UEFA Champions League away run.
Arnaut Danjuma's first-half strike helped Villarreal beat Bayern Munich
In the opening half‚ Villarreal
dominated possession with impressive defending and a goal from Arnaut Danjuma. The young striker's deflected shot from Sergi Gnabry set up a tense finish and a thunderous challenge by Raul Albiol saved the day for Villarreal. The visitors remained aggressive throughout and managed to keep Bayern on the back foot‚ though a goal would have been highly unlikely. Villarreal
are now through to the semifinals of the Champions League after beating Juventus 2-0 in a warm-up match. Danjuma's first-half strike was the difference as Villarreal
ended Bayern's 22-match unbeaten run on the road in the competition. While the scoreline may have been tighter‚ Villarreal
will now prepare for the next match against Athletic Bilbao on April 9. The victory was particularly important for Villarreal
as it meant that they would be able to qualify for the Europa League if they win the next match. Against Atalanta‚ however‚ the Italian side had a better chance of reaching the knockout stages. With the win‚ Villarreal
can now hope to emulate their semi-final performance against Barcelona in 2005-06. Arnaut Danjuma's goal helped Villarreal
get the win in the opening leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. The youngster has scored seven goals in 11 Champions League games‚ including one in the last round. And his strike came early in the match as Villarreal
were dominating possession. In the second half‚ Danjuma almost doubled Villarreal's lead after Francis Coquelin had an effort disallowed for offside. While Villarreal's first-half goal gave a boost to the club's confidence‚ the Netherlands international has now given Louis Van Gaal reason to stand up. The Dutch striker has now earned himself a nickname - Danjumagic. The Spaniard‚ who had a successful spell with Atalanta‚ said that he had a better chance of playing for a top club during the Champions League group stage. However‚ he has since excelled under the tutelage of Unai Emery‚ making 14 appearances for the north London side. In La Liga‚ Danjuma has scored seven goals and provided three assists. With that kind of scoring ability‚ it is hardly surprising that Villarreal
beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The win is a big boost for both teams. Villarreal
will face Bayern again in the Allianz Arena on Tuesday and they will be looking to build on their recent win over Barcelona. Meanwhile‚ the German side will be looking for their seventh Champions League title‚ while Villarreal
have played in Europe's premier competition for the fourth time. And while Bayern will be looking to win their seventh Champions League‚ Villarreal's compact shape and intensity have forced them to adjust their tactics to get their goal. Pino is also becoming a key player in Emery's system. The youngster has started 17 of 25 La Liga games in the league this season‚ up from just six games last season. Last season‚ Pino had impressive statistics with a 51.2% dribble success rate‚ 2.36 successful dribbles per 90 and 7.30 progressive carries per 90 minutes. The youngster has proved his ability in this system.
Unai Emery underrated
The first leg of Villarreal
versus Bayern Munich was an entertaining affair. Villarreal
started strongly‚ and Arnaut Danjuma scored after just 10 minutes. The Austrian striker has now scored six Champions League goals this season‚ and has been tipped to be the best player of the quarter-final. Francis Coquelin had an effort disallowed for offside‚ and Gerard Moreno hit the post. However‚ Villarreal
were able to hold on to the win and progress to the last eight. Both teams have played well so far‚ and Villarreal
have maintained their attacking threat. A fantastic challenge by Albiol on Serge Gnabry‚ and a shot by Kimmich is denied by Rulli‚ but Villarreal
have shown good composure since the opening goal. Then‚ Danjuma scored a second goal after some impressive buildup play from Lo Celso and Parejo. It's important to remember that a coach's reputation is often made or broken by their Champions League performance. Last season‚ Niko Kovac failed to progress past the Ro16‚ and was quickly booted out of the team. To succeed at Bayern‚ Nagelsmann must get his team to the semi-finals and win the title. He needs to make a statement against the Bundesliga and show he's a better manager than Kovac was. The young talent from Villarreal
has a lot to offer in the attacking department. With an average of 1.45 shots per 90 minutes‚ he has been a huge asset for the club. With a 54.5 percent shooting accuracy‚ he has scored six goals in La Liga and created four assists. While he may be relatively new to the Spanish Premier League‚ he has already made an impression. Among the players rated by the media in the game were: Pino Danjuma and Arnaut Danjuma. The former played at Margriet and Oss‚ and is proving to be an excellent choice for Villarreal. The Belgian winger has produced seven goals and three assists in 15 games. His performance against Young Boys won him the MOTM award. Despite a lack of playing time‚ Antoine Griezmann is a prolific player in the attacking third. He averages more than four tackles and two interceptions per 90 minutes this season. This high-scoring defender isn't afraid to take shots‚ either. His high dribbling rate and dribbling ability make him vital for the side.
Bayern Munich's record unbeaten 22-game UEFA Champions League unbeaten away run
Austria striker Maximilian Arnaut has a record unbeaten 22-game UEFA Cup away run. Arnaut hasn't been beaten away from home in UEFA Champions League competition since February 2017. The goalless draw ended Bayern's run of 25 matches without defeat. Bayern have now won nine of their last 12 Champions League away games. Bayern are unbeaten in the last four UEFA Champions League meetings. Having reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2009‚ Villarreal's performance was highly encouraging. After conceding a minute-long goal in their last outing against Bayern‚ Villarreal
made a sharp start and Arnaut Danjuma diverted a Dani Parejo strike beyond Manuel Neuer. Arnaut has now scored six goals in 22 Champions League games. In the knockouts‚ Villarreal
have won two consecutive games. In the Round of 16‚ they stunned Juventus 3-0. In the first leg‚ they were a third-string side. Meanwhile‚ defending champion Chelsea were stumbling at the start and lost 3-1 in London. Villarreal
dominated possession and had numerous chances to extend their lead. The match is an early sign of things to come for the Austrian international. Bayern's recent form has led to speculation that he will follow in the footsteps of his national team captain‚ Robert Lewandowski. Despite the absence of Lewandowski and other stars‚ the Austrian has a long way to go before his goal-scoring potential is fully realised. Arsenal continued their record run of away wins in the 2002-03 campaign‚ but fell to Manchester United 0-2 on 24 October 2004. Arsenal had previously held the Premier League unbeaten away record in 2001-02 and 2002-03. At the time‚ they were going through a transition in their defence. Lee Dixon and Tony Adams had both left the club and Sol Campbell replaced them.