Villarreal ready to face Juventus in Champions League last 16

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Juventus will travel to the Estadio de la Cerámica home to Villareal in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 , Wednesday (23/2/22) at 03.00 WIB This match will be a proof for the squad of Juve coach, Massimiliano Allegri in the European arena. Because, in the domestic competition, Juventus is struggling to maintain its position in the top four. In the match later, Villarreal , who came as runners-up in Group F under Manchester United, have ambitions to go far in the Champions League this season. The specialists of the Europa League champions are on a positive track after four matches in La Liga they are unbeaten.

The last meeting of the two teams occurred in 2009 in a friendly match. In that match, Villarreal who was nicknamed, Yellow Submarine managed to beat the old lady with a score of 4-1.

Villarreal vs Juventus head to head results : 2009/08/08 Juventus 1 – 4 Villarreal

Juventus 1 – 4 Villarreal

Villarreal coach Unai Emery says Juventus have a lot of world-class players in their squad and it will be difficult in this match. However, Emery is also ambitious to be able to score a goal at home to pave the way to the last eight.

Juventus have international players and each one of them is very experienced. However, we also have international players in Pau Torres, Raúl Albiol, Juan Foyth. We’ve worked hard to be here, we didn’t do it just because of the recognition that we played well, but because we won. We have to demand more from ourselves. We are here because we deserve it,” Emery said.

On the other hand, the Juventus tactician Massimiliano Allegri admits that the track record of Villarreal in several matches is very good and it will be very difficult to take a perfect result tonight. However, Allegri remains optimistic and hopes his tactics will run smoothly against Villareal.

“This match has not yet been decided. [Villarreal] are having a good period at the moment, as are we. It will be a very tactical game, where we have to pay attention to the details and have patience. We have to calm down and show balance,” said Allegri, quoted from UEFA’s official website.

INTERESTING STATISTICS
Juventus have won six of their last 7 matches in the Champions League.
Villarreal have a poor record at home in the Champions League (1W, 2D, 3K).
The 3-2 Matchday 6 win at Atalanta was Villarreal’s second away win against a Serie A side (D4 L5).
Juve won seven of the last ten away games in Europe (L3).
Juventus are in the last 16 of the Champions League for the 13th time, with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses.
The Villarreal vs Juventus prediction will be interesting because the Bianconeri have a good record. They won six wins in 9 matches against Spanish clubs, home and away, remaining 1 draw and 2 losses.
Juventus have won ten of 17 two-legged ties against Spanish clubs.

TRAINER
Unai Emery has twice faced Juventus while in charge of Sevilla with a draw record, namely one win, one loss.
Emery has had two occasions against Massimiliano Allegri with a record of one win and one loss.
The match will be Allegri’s first time against Villarreal in his coaching career.

Referee
The Villarreal vs Juventus party will be led by the German referee, Daniel Siebert.
Siebert has twice refereed Villarreal matches by issuing 3 yellow cards.
The prediction of Villarreal vs Juventus will be interesting because Villarreal have never lost when refereed Siebert with one win and one draw.
The only Juventus match refereed by Siebert was in the 2-1 win over Ferencvarosi, 24 November 2020.
KEY PLAYERS
Villarreal
Top Scorer: Arnaut Danjuma (4)
Top Assist : Gerard Moreno (3)
Top Rating: Arnaut Danjuma (7,34)

Juventus
Top Scorer: Paulo Dybala (3)
Top Assist: Federico Bernardeschi (3)
Top Rating: Paulo Dybala (7.73)