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Calleja is still the coach for now; B team wins again

Villarreal CF v Rangers - UEFA Europa League Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

The word from Villarreal’s front office is that Javi Calleja is still the coach for now as we head into an international break. When we come out of it, we host Atletico Madrid on Saturday, play Rapid Vienna at home on Thursday, and travel to Alavés the following Sunday. Those matches could decide his fate.

There is general agreement the “image” of the team was poor yesterday, with Gerard Moreno and Manu Trigueros coming in for particular criticism, but the lack of defensive options is our biggest problem.

Those defending Calleja point out it was the club who felt Bruno would be back soon and Iturra could be a help, perhaps too it was the club deciding we didn’t need to keep Alfred N’Diaye in case of an injury in the pivote. Until some of those players (and the injured Santy Caceres) return, how much difference would a new coach make? And who is really out there that we might want?

Meanwhile, Villarreal’s B team is now second in their group after a 1-0 win at Peralada, technically now known as Peralada-Girona B. Here are a few highlights. (Peralada is the reserve team for Girona, and Peralada itself is a small village—1500 people—near the French border. If it looks like the match is taking place in a city park, that’s because it essentially is).

Enric Franquesa scored the only goal, Diego Fuoli in goal made a penalty stop, and Pacheco was red-carded for us late on, not sure for what.

Villarreal C won at Novelda, 1-0 so are 15th (7 points from 7 matches). And the Villarreal women’s side won 2-0 over Marítim and are now third in their group.