Levante – Villarreal | Copa del Rey Looking for some highly prestigious semifinals
Either Levante or Villarreal will celebrate getting into a Copa del Rey semifinal for the second time in their history. The challenge that is going to be elucidated in the Ciutat de Valncia is not negligible. For the Granotas reaching the last stage of the competition has become impossible. In fact, the only time they reached the semifinals was before the war and they did so under the name Levante CF. Almost nothing.
That’s right, those of Paco Lopez They arrive with morale through the roof. Two consecutive victories away from home against Valladolid in the eighth of that competition and against Real Madrid in the League, they have catapulted the options of a grown team. With their two scorers, Morales and Roger, with a sharp spear, the challenge of taking on Villarreal, a team created for greater achievements, is superlative.
For his pate, the Cup has never been Villarreal’s competition. While the yellow fans surely remember many European crushes in the Champions and Europa League (Arruabarrena’s goal against Inter, the draws at Old Trafford, the victory in extremis against Liverpool …) the memory of the Cup it only serves to recall hardships: the historic win against Poli Ejido, the various eliminations at the hands of lower-category teams, the opportunity lost last season on the Mirands court …
By the close in time, the one from last year is the most painful. With the greats out of the competition and the title more affordable than ever, the yellows fell in Anduva after signing an infamous match. That debacle was the beginning of the end for Calleja on the yellow bench.
A year later Emery faces the challenge of making history with the submarine. For this he arrived and for days like today Fernando Roig decided to bet heavily on the Basque. The people of Castellón have only once exceeded the barrier of the quarters in the KO tournament, and today they don’t want to stumble over the usual stone again
But the truth is that Villarreal arrives touched. The casualties have accumulated just as the calendar has become more demanding, and the tile game has suffered. Three consecutive ties in the league show the loss of brilliance, although it is true that in the yellow card, they have been able to stay strong in the worst moments.
Forced to certain changes, with just gasoline players or just reinstated from their injuries, Alccer case, Emery try to compose a team with the highest possible winnings before his first big date with Villarreal