In football, certain positions mark the style of the teams. In Villarreal, the demarcation of the midfielder has been a key figure in the last three decades, from Senna to Rodri, to Bruno Soriano, specialists in recovery and creation. Withdrawn the first, in Atlético the second and with the captain injured since May 2017, the submarine pay for the orphanage.
The Villarreal, with 137 million euros, the seventh budget of LaLiga, comes to the appointment against Madrid in descent position, unimaginable situation before starting a course that began just as crooked as the previous one: with the absence of Bruno, leader in the locker room and in the field, besides the most charismatic player for the fans. "Bruno would give us a lot of things, both those who defend and those we attack, because he gives you a little bit of everything: balance, exit and pass between the lines. Now there is no player of that style ", considers Santi Cazorla.
Bruno lent his last service in the field of Mestalla, on May 21, 2017 in the party that closed the season and that certified the fifth position of Villarreal winning 1-3 to Valencia. Captain groguet disputed the final part of the course infiltrated by some discomfort in the left tibia and that the medical services considered that they would refer in the holiday rest. Back to the pre-season, Bruno was still in pain and opted to perform an operation whose recovery would last a maximum of three months. It has already been a year and a half and it is not clear yet when it will return. Or if it will, since the pain persists. "I've always told him that I came back to play with him and he can not leave me behind," says Cazorla.
The absence of the captain of Villarreal was replaced with registration by Rodrigo Hernández, a player of Bruno's profile, a new Busquets, versed in the recovery and the pass. The club of Roig lacked speed to ensure the permanence of Rodri yellow and the midfielder went to Atlético in summer for 20 million plus five variables. "The departure of Rodri has destroyed us", confessed a manager of the Castellón club.
Assuming the loss of Rodri, Villarreal signed for 10 million to Cáseres, a 21-year-old Argentinian midfielder skilled in contention. "Cáseres is a great player but he does not have the style of Bruno or Rodri", analyzes Cazorla. With the 4-4-2 in diamond proposed by Javier Calleja, Villarreal was sometimes split, with only Caesars in defensive work. Neither Fornals, Cazorla and Trigueros -the Talaverano was operated on for an inguinal hernia and a pubalgia in the summer and is not giving his best version- have such characteristics. Lack that is reflected in the numbers. Villarreal is the third team that gives more chances (184), behind Girona (193) and Levante (274).
Luis García Plaza, the substitute of Calleja on the bench of the Ceramics, has detected the problem of Villarreal. "I want the team to be together, to grant little. Up we have quality to decide the matches, "said the new yellow coach after his debut against Spartak Moscow. "Sometimes we will be deeper and in others we will have more possession," said Garcia Plaza in the pre-match against Madrid. The idea of the coach from Madrid and Villarreal is to reinforce the axis of the midfield with the arrival of an experienced and physical player. Vicente Iborra, pretended already this summer by the yellows, is the chosen one. The Leicester player, former Levante and Sevilla negotiates his disengagement with the English club that intends a transfer for some 15 million euros or a transfer with option to purchase.