As my weekend was not only away from a computer, but also a television showing GolTV, there is not a lot I can add in terms of analysis of the play Villarreal put forth, except for what I have seen in highlights. Pelligrini criticized and comforted his team after the match, stating the team "didn't have the creativity to break Osasuna." In the same breath he pointed out that the team is in 3rd with 47 points, and things are not as bleak as they may seem.
Chances seemed to come from everyone in Yellow - Guille, Nihat, Capdevila, Cazorla - but no one could find the net. Diego Lopez managed to keep a clean sheet (just barely!), though, which is reassuring. The team just still seems a bit out of sync, and having Rossi in-again, out-again is not helping the situation. It has thrown Nihat off, and although Guille is playing well, finding the goals has not been easy lately.
Sorry to not have that much to add about the play in the match.
To see highlights:
Starting Eleven: Diego Lopez; Angel, Gonzalo, Godin, Capdevila; Cazorla, Senna, Eguren, Pires; Nihat and Guille.Substitutions: Tomasson for Nihat(58'); Mati for Cazorla (67'); Bruno for Senna (87').
So what does it mean? Right now it seems to mean Villarreal are having trouble winning at home, and now travel to the Camp Nou. The last time we were there, it was a convincing 1-0 victory for the Catalans. It will require a tremendous effort if Villarreal are to pull off anything close to the stunning match Atletico put together against them this weekend in the Vicente Calderon.