A remarkable season for Villarreal, especially considering how it started—the shock departure of Marcelino followed by elimination in the Champions League playoff at the hands of Monaco. Did you realize our 67 points in the league is the best since 2007-08, when we finished second on 77 points, and our second highest, ever? Yes indeed!
Surprising facts: Villarreal vs Alavés, Eibar, Depor, Las Palmas: 1-2-5, 5 points out of 24 possible. Against the rest of the league: 18-8-4, 62 points out of 90 possible.
We had a winning record on the road (8-6-5) for the first time since 2008-09.
Cedric Bakambu’s 11 goals led the team. Doesn’t seem a lot, but he became the first player since Diego Forlan to score 10 or more goals for Villarreal in consecutive seasons (Forlan did it in each of his Villarreal years, 2004 to 2007).
Our +23 goal difference was the best since 2007-08 (also +23), only surpassed by 2004-05’s +32. We finished third that season.
Our 33 goals allowed were a record low for us in the Primera (we allowed 35 last season). Also, only one other team (Atleti) allowed less; we’ve never finished second in goals allowed previously.
We had 15 shutouts this season, versus 17 the year before and 16 the year before that. Even though we allowed fewer goals.
Rodrigo Hernandez started eight games. That was more than José Angel (7), Adrián López (7), Daniele Bonera (6), Antonio Rukavina (3) and Denis Cheryshev (2).
We did the double over Atletico Madrid for the first time since 2009-10 and the third time ever (I put that in for maddi, who really dislikes Atleti!!)
Now the summer, the transfer window, all that fun. Let’s hope it’s far less interesting than last summer’s. Endavant Villarreal.