The Yellow Submarine put on a hugely disappointing display, once again looking far inferior against a quality team, failing to compete in a number positions.
Jose Luis Morales did manage to pull it back to 2-1 at one stage, but Villarreal never truly looked in the game.
They also lost both Alex Baena and Gerard Moreno to injury, and the injuries are really piling up, with Yeremy Pino out for the season, while Mateo Gabbia, Juan Foyth, Alberto Moreno and others are also out.
Still, Villarreal have conceded nine goals in three games, and as they prepare for their last game before the winter break, against Celta Vigo, head coach Marcelino has sent a clear warning.
“I hope it (the break) goes well,” he said after the game. “Because if, from January, we get the same amount of points, we are going to the Segunda. We have to improve parts of our game. In the last three games, we have conceded nine goals. If we concede nine goals every three games, we are in the Segunda.”
Asked if Villarreal will be active in the summer window, Marce added: “Yes, we are going to go into the market. I don’t think the injuries will be the argument for it.”