In this video, Jamie Kemble (@JamieKemble) breaks down the problems Villarreal faced against Espanyol. He talks about Moi Gomez’s issues so far this season, and whether the player would be better suited moving to a central area of the pitch. He also discusses the inexplicable dropping of Sergio Asenjo and Rulli’s struggles at the back, despite keeping clean sheets.
Should Villarreal change formation when they don’t have Dani Parejo? What does Unai Emery need to do in order to get the offense flying? Take three minutes of your time to see Jamie’s takes here:
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The absence of Dani Parejo has left the shape of Villarreal’s team completely shattered in the first two matches of the season. The player is usually the central hub of the club’s buildup, and without him there has been no consistent buildup play to provide service to our attackers. See what the shape of the team has looked like in two matches without him by following this link.
One other piece in reaction to the Espanyol match is Robin’s On the Spot Report, which you can find here. One of the things I love about these reports are the discussions that unfold in the comments afterward. Should Paco be starting up top with Dia when fully fit? Why are we playing two left backs? Are we getting what we need from Trigueros?
The season is well and truly on so the Atletico Madrid match will be rolling in before you know it. It’s not the opponent you want to try to right your season against, but stay tuned this week as we get you ready for it.