Villarreal have lost only three of their 12 matches against German opponents in UEFA competitions
Villarreal have a chance to make history against a European football powerhouse! FC Bayern, Germany’s most successful club, have won all six of their group matches this season and thrashed Salzburg in the round of 16 (1-1 in the first leg in Austria and 7-1 in the second leg in Munich). They also boast Robert Lewandowski, the top scorer in this season’s Champions League with 12 goals in eight games, including three in the last game of the round of 16.
However, Villarreal have some statistics to take into account in the run-up to this exciting European tie, which kicks off this Wednesday at the Estadio de la Cerámica at 9pm CEST. The fact is that the Groguets have only lost three of their 12 matches against German opponents in European competitions; two of them against the Bavarian team.
These are Villarreal’s previous matches against German teams:
2004 Intertoto semi-finals
- Villarreal 1-0 Hamburg (Sonny Anderson)
- Hamburg 0-1 Villarreal (José Mari)
UEFA Europa League round of 32 09/10
- Villarreal 2-2 Wolfsburg (Senna and Marco Ruben)
- Wolfsburg 4-1 Villarreal (Capdevila)
Round of 16 UEFA Europa League 10/11
- Bayer 04 2-3 Villarreal (Rossi and Nilmar x2)
- Villarreal 2-1 Bayer 04 (Cazorla and Rossi)
UEFA Champions League group stage 11/12
- Villarreal 0-2 FC Bayern
- FC Bayern 3-1 Villarreal (De Guzmán)
Group stage UEFA Europa League 14/15
- Monchengladbach 1-1 Villarreal (Uche)
- Villarreal 2-2 Monchengladbach (Vietto and Cheryshev)
Round of 16 UEFA Europa League 15/16
- Villarreal 2-0 Bayer 04 (Bakambu x2)
- Bayer 04 0-0 Villarreal
Bayern have lost half of their games in Spain
Bayern are giants of the game, but they have not always been able to overcome their Spanish rivals. In fact, the Bavarians have lost 50% of their official matches in Spain (8 wins, 7 draws and 15 defeats). Furthermore, in their five quarter-final ties against LaLiga teams, they have won twice and lost on the remaining three occasions.
Villarreal will be looking to tip the balance of statistics in their favour in this thrilling tie that could put Unai Emery’s side among the top four teams in Europe.