Nice to write one of these columns after a win. And one away from El Madrigal, to boot. The best of Sevilla vs. Villarreal to follow.
3 UP: Diego López, Borja Valero, the match-winner.
D. López. Massive at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Great saves from headers in particular, and in general command of his box. Javier Camuñas won't forget that yelling for a while. More, please. And maybe even a clean sheet at El Madrigal on Sunday.
Borja. On his game when free to roam. A goal laid on a platter by Ángel López, but someone had to meet the cross. The fulcrum of this Villarreal side: when he plays well, we win. As Allen put it: "Simply outstanding again."
The match-winner. I'm splitting the credit for the 1-2 goal between Hernán Pérez and Camuñas. The Paraguayan dynamo flew down the vacant Sevilla left flank, providing the burst of pace we had lacked all match. After a series of passes, the ball found Camuñas at the top of the box. I can't say I expected much, but what a time for your debut Villarreal goal. Well done, sir.
Honorable mention: Rubén Cani. Involved in all the right ways. Keep it up.
3 DOWN: Ángel López, true strikers, yellow cards.
Ángel. He assisted on the 0-1 goal with a well-weighted cross into the area, though it may have been intended for Joselu Moreno's head. Borja's foot tapped it in, and Sevilla attacked little down Ángel's wing. So why a negative rating? Because he's obviously not back to form and health, and I still recall Cristian Tello's advances in the final minutes at El Madrigal. As Ravi put it: "Despite the assist, Ángel worries me the most in this team." And Ravi is a crack.