Spain. The team of Villarreal face this day before Liverpool the enormous challenge of overcoming a 2-0 defeat against the semi-final first leg on the pitch of Anfield to access for the first time in its history a final of the Champions Leaguewith the encouragement of having been able to leave the almighty Juventus and Bayern Munich in the account in the round of 16 and quarter-finals.
The forwards that ‘Tata’ Martino prefers over Chicharito
The feat he must now perform to make it 3-0 or resolve the pass on penalties has nothing to do with the way in which he outplayed his two previous rivals, as he has never been so clearly at a disadvantage as he is now.
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Unai Emery’s team will need to complete one of the best games in its history and qualifying would also mean one of the greatest successes in the history of the yellow club for which it has the support of the fans that will fill the stadium to bursting.
Liverpool, for his part, travels with a more than comfortable 2-0 in his favor and after not having lost this season by two or more goals against. What’s more, he has barely yielded three games this season, all of them by the minimum and several months have passed since the last one, in the second leg of the round of 16 against Inter Milan.
The inertia with which they have reached this end of the season has given them an aroma of untouchability that places them as the most fit team on the continent, capable of neutralizing a twelve-point deficit in the Premier League, reaching two cup finals and get into their third semifinals of the Champions League of the Jürgen Klopp era, a round in which they have not yet lost to the German coach.
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Villarreal vs Liverpool likely line-ups
Villarreal: Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Estupiñán, Capoue, Parejo, Coquelin or Chukwueze, Lo Celso, Gerard Moreno and Dia.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Mané y Díaz.