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Villarreal in danger of losing three in a row in La Liga: it hasn't happened often

As we prepare to face Espanyol after back-to-back disappointments against Sevilla and Valencia, I was curious how often Villarreal have lost three consecutive league matches. Not very often, I found out!

Hey, any excuse to run a picture of this guy.....
Hey, any excuse to run a picture of this guy.....
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Does anyone remember the last time Villarreal lost three consecutive matches in the league in a single season?  You might guess it happened in the dreadful 2011-12  season, and you'd be right.  They were in fact the last three matches of José Molina's reign, two of which were lost with virtually the last kick of the match: a 2-1 loss at Zaragoza and a 1-0 loss at Levante.  The match in the middle was a home loss against Getafe, 2-1.

Other than that, you have to go back to September 2009, when Ernesto Valverde's time in charge included three losses in eight days, to Athletic Club, Real Madrid and Deportivo; December 2008, though this one was a scheduling nightmare--the Submarine went down to Sevilla, Barcelona, and Real Madrid, in that order.  (And after those three losses, our next match was drawn 3-3 against Valencia!).

Finally, in the 2006-07 season (where we finished fifth) we had a strange bout of impotence in February; we lost to Deportivo 2-0 at home, and to Zaragoza 1-0 on the road.  But the first of these losses was on February 4, 2007 to Recreativo Huelva, to whom we had sold Santi Cazorla (we had sold him with a buyback agreement, so it was technically not a loan, but close to it).

Huelva won 2-1; Cazorla was in the starting lineup, and there were three current Villarreal players (well, one currently on loan) who played in that match.  Cani started but was replaced at halftime; Jony Pereira came on as a substitute (for Diego Forlán) for Villarreal, and Ike Uche came on as a sub for Huelva.  Two other Villarreal connections, too: the first goal was scored by none other than Juanma, who played for us a bit in 2012-13; and the coach of Huelva that day?

Of course, Marcelino!