Villarreal have never qualified for the next stage of the Europa League or the old UEFA Cup with 2 matchdays remaining until the end of the groups. If they beat Maccabi Tel Aviv, Unai Emery’s side will make history.
This Villarreal of Unai Emery is one step from becoming a unique team in the history of the club. If they beat Maccabi Tel Aviv on matchday 4 of the Europa League, they will seal their spot in the next round of the Europa League with two matches left, something that they have never achieved.
The bets are in their favour. In their last meeting, the Spaniards won 4-0 at home. On this occasion, they will have to win again, but as visitors, which will entail an added difficulty and more with the opponents wanting to lick their wounds.
Qualifying for the next stage with two matches left wasn’t even done when they played in the old UEFA Cup. 9 group stages later and there could be a new record.
This data, which comes from the newspaper ‘AS’ and checked by ProFootballDB, would give Unai Emery credibility as the leader of the Villarreal project. After a great performance in the draw against Real Madrid in La Liga, it is time to confirm feelings in Europe.