Villarreal returns to Europe, after two years of absence in the continental tournaments, with the intention of taking the first step towards the classification in their group of the Europa League for what they will look for a favorable score in their visit to Borussia Möenchengladbach.
Both teams are presented as favorites of the group, in which they also play Apollon and Zurich, so the winner of the match will be in a good position to achieve the goal, especially if the one that achieves it is Villarreal, which play away from home
The Levantine team, with many players who have not performed in Europe, added to the list of rookies their coach, Marcelino García Toral, who has not led meetings in this phase of the competition.
On the other hand, players like Bruno Soriano, Musacchio, Mario, Cani or Asenjo already have enough experience and make up the base of the starting team for this season.
The Castellonans reach this first game after a good start of the championship, since after five official matches the team has three wins, a draw and a defeat suffered against Barcelona.
However, the team’s problems focus on injuries. The coach still cannot count on the left sides Jaume Costa and Bojan Jokic, both injured, so everything seems to indicate that right-back Antonio Rukavina will occupy this position.
In addition, they will continue outside the team Gio Dos Santos or Chechu Dorado, both also with problems. The good news comes with the recovery of Nigerian striker Ikechukwu Uche, who returns to the team after three weeks out of it.
In this way Villarreal will line up Asenjo in the goal, with Mario, Musacchio, Gabriel and Rukavina as defenders, with a midfield consisting of Bruno, Trigueros, Cani and Cheryshev, to count in attack with Uche and Vietto.
Borussia reach the match in a good moment, after beating Schalke 4-1 on the last day of the Bundesliga and without having lost a single commitment so far this season.
“We have not lost yet and on Thursday we want to continue what we started against Schalke and achieve the first victory in the Europa League,” said midfielder Fabian Johnson, in light of tomorrow’s commitment.
In sport, the only doubt is that of the lateral Tony Janschtke, with problems in an ankle, although he has already returned to training.
So far, the key player in the offensive game of Gladbach this season has been André Hanh, who usually marks the first goal of his team in the matches, which has earned him the nickname of ‘uncorking’.
In addition, the Brazilian Raffael, Max Kruse and Christoph Kramer, the only world champion of the team, are players to take into account in the German team.
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