Unai Emery masterminds a giant-killing in the biggest club competition of them all. It wasn’t a hit and hope counterattack. Parejo controlled the ball and slid it up to Lo Celso, who took in his options as he drew the defense and released Gerard into space.
Gerard let the ball travel on its own until the exact moment he wanted to send it to Samu, who took it one time at his considerable top pace to hammer it over the head of Manuel Neuer.
All the players involved were doing some of the things they did best to create the goal that sent us back to the Champions League semi-final.
As incredible as this season is, to those relatively new to Villarreal, we have been to this stage of the Champions League before. Still, at times since that fateful day in 2006, it looked like we would never make it back as the continent’s elite got more affluent and more prosperous, and we stumbled into a relegation along the way.
Unai Emery has changed the mentality of this club. Of course, he’s done it with the help of tremendous leaders like Dani Parejo, Raul Albiol, and our talisman Gerard Moreno.
Still, he has instilled in this club a belief that they have not had in a very, very long time that no matter who the opponent is on the other side of the pitch, we can find the result we need.
As Robert Lewandowski brought Bayern Munich level in the second half in the Allianz Arena, we were staring down the prospect of extra time against one of the world’s most talented teams in their stadium.
Yet, Emery and his men never wavered. They stuck to their game plan and waited for their chance, and at the right moment, they took their place in the semi-finals by right.
Our most likely opponent in the next round is Liverpool, and once again, we will not be favored, but inside that dressing room will be a group of men who have done the impossible before, which makes them mighty. Endavant Villarreal.