Osasuna will be presented this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with another opportunity to return to the League, something they have not achieved in the last two days (0-3 with Atlético de Madrid and 1-0 with Real Sociedad ), although the company does not seem easy due to the size of the rival, a Villarreal with a clear upward trend that arrives in Pamplona after having achieved 13 of the last 15 points at stake, with serious aspirations to get into the top four of the classification and with their Champions League round of 16 tie against Juventus level with the second leg remaining in Turin.
To counter Villarreal’s virtues, which are many, Osasuna will need all its resources. And in this sense, all the news is positive for Jagoba Arrasate’s team, since the coach has all the members of the squad at his disposal (with the exception of the injured Jesús Areso and the discarded Barbero, while the subsidiary’s footballer Iker Benito has found a place in the call) and El Sadar is going to open its doors without capacity restrictions for the first time so far this year.
After three consecutive days repeating the starting eleven, something that had not happened to date in the almost four seasons that the Berriatua coach has already accumulated on the Osasuna bench, Arrasate announced changes in the line-up yesterday in search of a reaction. And it is that the rojillos come from two consecutive days without scoring or scoring, streaks that they aspire to end against another rival from the top of the classification.
In order for these dynamics to suffer alterations, the coaching staff of the Navarre team has worked this week on different variants in search of a greater presence in the rival area, mainly moving Chimy Ávila from the right wing, their location in the last three Osasuna games , to the center of the attack. Kike García has been his companion in the work sessions prior to Villarreal’s visit, so they have many tickets to act tomorrow starting in search of the goal, but, above all, of the points. And it is that the rojillos, who add 32 in 26 days, want to convert their virtual permanence as soon as possible – this is how Arrasate cataloged it recently – into mathematics.
Osasuna aspires to surprise Villarreal, “because the favorites don’t always win”, as the rojillo coach highlighted yesterday at a press conference in which he also spoke of all the virtues of an opponent who manages many game alternatives, including set pieces , and before which the Navarrese team must be 100% from start to finish. Like El Sadar.