Entrenador nuevo, victoria segura. That's how the saying goes, but Sid Lowe notes the results do not match the rhetoric. Welcome, Miguel Ángel Lotina. May you save us.
Expect some surprises in the Villarreal starting XI, as a new manager always seeks to impose his style on the club. And for Lotina, that's about not conceding (silly) goals. You can't lose if you keep a clean sheet...
As for our guests, Real Madrid has been riding high all season. Santi Cazorla's last-minute free kick was a blip on the radar, in my opinion, but Marca will be howling if the merengues fail to take all three points from El Madrigal. Let's make it tough on them, boys.Lineups (confirmed):
Villarreal (4-1-4-1): D. López; Mario, Zapata, Musacchio, Oriol; Ángel; Bruno, Senna; Cani, Nilmar; Ruben.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Alonso, Lass; Özil, Benzema, Ronaldo.
The match begins at 5 pm Eastern Time. Allen, take it away. Endavant Villarreal!