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Thread: Everton - Villarreal

The playmaking burden is still on you for now, Cani.
The playmaking burden is still on you for now, Cani.

Villarreal takes on Everton FC today in Liverpool, England. It should be our best test of the preseason ahead of the Champions League play-off against Odense BK in a fortnight.

Twenty-three players have made the trip:

Goalkeepers: Diego López & César.
Defenders: Mario, Mano, Zapata, Musacchio, Gonzalo, Catalá, Dervite, Joan Oriol & Marchena.
Midfielders: Wakaso, Senna, Marcos Gullón, Bruno, Valero, Cani, Camuñas & Hernán Pérez.
Strikers: Bordas, Ruben, Nilmar & Rossi.

Three B team players are in the squad: defenders Mano and Dorian Dervite, along with midfielder Marcos Gullón. Gullón is the biggest surprise not to make the A team, so look for him to make the most of his opportunities in England. Bordas does fit the fourth striker role, but Pérez also can play there. I think it's a motivational technique.

The only A team player to miss out is Ángel, still on the mend. He expects to be healthy for the Elche friendly, our last match before traveling to Denmark. So I expect Mario to start against Odense, but opposite who?

Hopefully this weekend's friendlies sort out the left back shuffle. Endavant Villarreal!