Confirmation of a semi-final in the Champions League is a cloud of anxiety on the forehead of Villarreal coach. Gerard Moreno, a key player in the team, has been injured again.
Moreno left the field with an injury in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Getafe in La Liga. The first goal of the team in the first half came from the feet of this striker.
Villarreal’s performance in this year’s Champions League has come as a surprise to many. Especially in the knockout stage.
As group runners-up in the knockout stages, they beat Serie A and record champions Juventus in the last 16. After a 1-1 draw at home on the way to the quarter-finals, Villarreal beat the Turin club 3-0. Moreno scored the team’s first goal from a penalty in that match.
Then they give birth to a bigger mishap. Villarreal beat Bayern Munich 1-0 at home in the first leg of the last eight. In the return leg, the Spanish team reached the last four of the Champions League for the second time in their history with a 1-1 draw at the home of the six-time European champions and a 2-1 lead in the two legs.
Villarreal will play Liverpool in the first leg of the semi-final on April 26. Earlier this week, La Liga has a match against Valencia. The outcome of this league match could be significant in the fight to maintain their position in European competition next season.
Losing Moreno before the crucial schedule is a big blow for the team. So, even though they are happy with the victory over Getafe, they are not leaving America behind. That’s why the Villarreal coach didn’t hide his frustration in the interview given to Marca after the match.
“Mareno has a muscle injury. It remains to be seen how serious that is. We must patiently try to heal him so that he recovers quickly. Repeated muscle injuries are frustrating. This (Morne’s injury) is a very negative thing for us tonight (Saturday). “