On Saturday evening, newly-promoted Villareal defeated Osasuna 3-0 to continue their impressive start to the new La Liga campaign.
This is a massive recovery for a club that got relegated in the same season that they were participating in the Champions League. After a meteoric fall from grace it seems that little by little, the club that is situated in the province of Castellon is finding its way.
After they got relegated at the end of the 2011/12 season, they lost many key players like Nilmar, Diego Lopez and Borja Valero. A difficult task just got tougher, but through new acquisitions and 2 managers (Julio Vazquez and Marcelino Garcia Toral), they were able to secure promotion to La Liga on the final day of last season.
In the summer they were able to acquire top talents like Giovani Dos Santos, Gabriel Paulista and Tomas Pina who have come in to help restore the club to its glory days. Although they were unable to prevent the permanent departure of veterans like Marcos Senna and Olof Mellberg, they appear to have a squad with sufficient quality to help them stay in the top flight.
In their first game back they faced a tough away fixture at the Juegos Mediterráneos against fellow promoted side Almeria. They truly had to dig deep as Almeria led 2-1 after 80 minutes but took all three points home after new signing Dos Santos and Jonathan scored goals very late into the game.
Secondly they had a home fixture, which was no easier than the first as they fell behind just after four minutes to Real Valladolid. Prior to the end of the first half, Dos Santos continued to impress at his new club as he pulled a goal back from the Penalty spot. Finally in the 83rd minute, cult hero and club veteran Cani was able slot in the winner after a superb cross from Jeremy Perbet.
With three victories out of three, if Villareal keep this form up they may end performing as well as a newly-promoted Newcastle side did in their first season back in the top-flight. Especially when you consider that many La Liga sides have lost key players due to financial difficulties, the Yellow Submarines may go far under the tutelage of Marcelino Garcia Toral.
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