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Villarreal’s Offside Trap Against Bayern Munich Was Brilliant

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Barely anyone thought the Spanish side would beat Bayern Munich over the course of two legs, despite the fact they defeated Juventus in the last-16.

But Villarreal silenced all their doubters once again with a famous 2-1 aggregate victory over the Bundesliga champions.

The Spanish side held Bayern to a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena following a 1-0 victory on home soil last week.

Samuel Chukwueze scored a dramatic 88th-minute equaliser in Bavaria to book Villarreal’s place in the final four.

It was an incredible moment that capped off one of the most resilient performances by a team in recent Champions League history.

Bayern threw everything at Villarreal, but were only able to breach the visitors’ defence on one occasion when Robert Lewandowski rolled the ball into the back of the net at the start of the second half.

Unai Emery’s side were just too streetwise on the night and one of the many tricks they had up their sleeves was an ingenious offside trap routine.

In the first half, Bayern attempted to get their noses in front from a free-kick, but just before the ball was lofted into the box by Joshua Kimmich, Villarreal players sprinted towards the halfway line.

That left a number of the home side’s stars looking rather foolish in offside positions…

Well played, Villarreal.

It takes serious bottle to attempt that as well, because if one player got it slightly wrong, Bayern would have been presented with the easiest scoring chance imaginable.

But Villarreal got it spot on and that further highlights what an incredible job Emery is doing with the Yellow Submarine.

The former Arsenal manager’s tactics over the two legs against Bayern worked a treat and he’s slowly starting to turn even his fiercest critics into admirers.

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Quiz: Can you name which club Nottingham Forest sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

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Nottingham Forest have secured their spot at Wembley for the Championship play-off final, with the Reds set to face Huddersfield Town for a Premier League place.

Steve Cooper’s side managed to keep their cool during last night’s penalty shoot-out against Sheffield United, with Brice Samba emerging as the hero.

Whilst we wait to see what happens at Wembley, we have devised a 23 questions quiz that will test your knowledge of where Nottingham Forest sold a selection of players from the last decade to.

Can you score 100%?

Quiz: Can you name which club Nottingham Forest sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

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Barnsley managerial update emerges amid reported League One boss approach

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Championship side Barnsley are currently considering Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff as a potential option but other candidates are at a similar stage of the process to the 44-year-old, according to journalist Doug O’Kane.

The Tykes are still on the prowl for a permanent successor to Poya Asbaghi, who was unable to guide the club to safety following a poor start to the 2021/22 campaign under Markus Schopp.

Martin Devaney took charge of the relegated side’s last three games of the season following the departure of the Iranian – and is one name thought to be in the frame for the top job despite not managing to record a single point whilst in caretaker charge.

Quiz: Can you name which club Barnsley sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

However, it looked as though Duff was the favourite to take the role following Gloucestershire Live’s report yesterday afternoon, with the outlet revealing that the South Yorkshire outfit had made a formal approach in their potential bid to lure the ex-Burnley player to Oakwell.

The 44-year-old managed to guide Cheltenham to a respectable 15th-place finish following their promotion from League Two at the end of the 2020/21 season – and their supporters will be hoping to continue benefitting from his expertise in the coming years.

In a boost for them, Duff isn’t guaranteed to leave the Jonny-Rocks Stadium with reporter O’Kane revealing that other managers are at a similar stage of the process as the Northern Irishman.

The Verdict:

On one hand, it’s good that the Tykes are taking their time in their quest to find a new manager because this appointment could be crucial for years to come if they manage to get it right, with a return to the second tier at the first time of asking needing to be the main aim needing next term.

However, this task won’t be simple with Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town, MK Dons, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle and other accomplished teams set to return to the third tier – and one of Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers will also remain in their current division.

The Owls and the Tractor Boys look particularly strong on paper and with MK under the stewardship of Liam Manning, you would certainly bet on all three to give the Tykes a run for their money, so they will need their new manager to hit the ground running.

But Asbaghi’s successor will only be able to do this if he is given sufficient time to plan for the summer window, with other teams already stealing a march on the South Yorkshire side in the free-agent market.

This is why a new man ideally needs to be in place within the next week, giving them the very best chance of being successful in the transfer market, something that will be important following an underwhelming summer window last year.

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