It has been done to beg, but finally a penalty has returned to the Villarreal what I owed him. Specifically, a total of 5,510 days has taken the capricious football to reward the ‘submarine’ with the glory that a distant April 25, 2006 denied it. That date was bitterly etched by fire in the fans of the painting ‘Groguet’ and in all those fans who, without being from the Arsenal, saw how Lehmann stopped a penalty shot from Riquelme that he promised to bring to the Villarreal at the end of the Champions League. This time, the point that was more fateful than ever then turned out wonderfully flattering. And this May 26 will remain forever in memory as the most glorious day to date in the almost centennial history of the Villarreal.
The emergence of the ‘submarine’ is more than deserved. Far from being the result of chance, it responds to a job well done from within a club that does not stretch its arm more than its sleeve. Because sometimes flora in the air that the Villarreal It is a team without history that one fine day reached the elite based on a checkbook. But the reality is quite different, being a club that cares for and pampers the quarry like very few others, an example of exemplary management and constant growth faithful to very well-defined lines.
The Villarreal He has come this far because he has worked it out. Along the way, of course, mistakes have been made, and it even took a second step, which was a step backward, to take a leap forward. But there it is, knocking down a whole Manchester United in a European final.
When he dialed Gerard Moreno, flagship and reference of this team, it seemed that it would be that goal, with the subsequent mastery of Emery to endure the result, the one that would bring the cup to the town with the smallest population among which can boast that one of their teams has a continental trophy. But not. It had to be a penalty, so that a debt that seemed eternal was settled once and for all.