2014/15: A Season to Remember
Villarreal had an excellent campaign in 2014/15, in which they finished sixth in the league, thus qualifying for next season's UEFA Europa League. In addition, for the first time in club history the Submarine made it to the Semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, where they fell to FC Barcelona. With regard to the Yellows performance in the UEFA Europa League, Marcelino's side were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Sevilla.
Villarreal's statistics in LaLiga were spectacular. After a first half of the season to remember, the Submarine didn't stop breaking records until they got to the top part of the table; a zone they wouldn't leave for the rest of the season.
Unbeaten for 18 matches
The unexpected defeat in Europe against Zürich (6th November 2014) was the starting point for Marcelino's men, as from then on they went undefeated for 18 matches, beating the Submarine record by Pellegrini's side in 2008, when the Yellows went 17 matches without losing, 14 in the league and 3 in the Champions League. The record set by Marcelino's Villarreal consisted of 10 wins in the league, 2 in the Europa League and 6 in the Copa del Rey. Only Barça were capable of putting a stop to the Submarine in the 2014/15 season as they beat them 3-2 at the Nou Camp.
Number of consecutive matches with goals scored
On 27th September 2014, in their sixth game in the league, the Submarine lost undeservedly to Real Madrid in El Madrigal (0-2). From then on however, four and a half months passed and a total of 28 official matches until the Yellows would fail to find the back of the net in a game.
Five days after falling to Ancelotti's side, the Submarine scored 4 goals against Apollon in the Europa League to start an immense run of 16 league matches (Celta, Almería, Sevilla, Valencia, Espanyol, Getafe, Córdoba, Real Sociedad, Atlético, Deportivo, Elche, Málaga, Athletic, Levante, Barcelona and Granada), 5 Europa League matches (two against Apollon, as well as Zürich and Borussia Mönchengladbach) and 7 Copa del Rey matches (knockout games against Cádiz, Real Sociedad, Getafe y the first leg against Barcelona).
Spectacular home record in El Madrigal stadium
A 0-2 defeat to Sevilla was all that stopped Marcelino's side from beating another of Pellegrini's records, this time for consecutive league wins at home, that the Submarine established under their Chilean manager in the last eight matches of the 2007/08 campaign and the start of the 2008/09 season. Even so, Marcelino's Villarreal managed to break this record of consecutive league wins at home in the same season. One by one, between Match Days 12 and 26, the Yellows took down the following teams consecutively in El Madrigal: Getafe (2-1), Real Sociedad (4-0), Deportivo (3-0), Athletic Club (2-0), Levante (1-0), Granada (2-0), Eibar (1-0) and Celta (4-1).
Historical performance in the Copa del Rey
The Submarine made history in the 2014/15 Copa del Rey. Villarreal got to the Semi-finals of the tournament, just one step away from the grand Final, which was played in by FC Barcelona and Athletic Club. Until the 2014/15 campaign, the Submarine's best run in the Copa del Rey was in the 2007/08 and 2010/11 seasons, as in both the Yellows fell in the Quarter-finals, to Barcelona and Sevilla respectively.
The Yellows kicked off their run through the competition against Cádiz. An opponent from the Second Division B who succumbed to Villarreal 1-2 at the Ramón de Carranza stadium and 3-0 in El Madrigal.
Then in the Round of 16 Villarreal encountered Real Sociedad, their nemesis in the previous campaign. The Yellows won 1-0 in El Madrigal thanks to a goal from Cheryshev. In the second leg, played at the Anoeta stadium, the Submarine were capable of getting a draw, with goals from Gerard Moreno and Giovani dos Santos, to qualify for the Quarter-finals.
It was there that Getafe were waiting for them. The side from Madrid stood up t the Yellows with all they had, but the Submarine were too strong and went through to the Semi-finals thanks to a great free kick by Bruno Soriano at El Madrigal (1-0) and an opportunist goal by Gerard Moreno in the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez (0-1).
In the Semi-finals Villarreal took on Barcelona. The Submarine had already made history, but they wanted more. In spite of that, the knockout tie will be remembered for the misfortune of Bruno Soriano's injury as the Yellows fell to Barcelona (3-1 and 1-3) and their dream of reaching their first Final came to an end.