Villarreal's wide zone play is provided not so much by the wingers, who have more of a task in center, but by the wing-backs and one of the forwards, who runs into the wide channels.
Occasionally one of the central midfielders (Capoue) also runs into the wider areas while the other (Parejo) is the centre of playmaking in midfield. This flexibility makes Villarreal's play difficult to predict and allows individual players to rotate positions making it difficult for rivals to maintain a defensive structure.
The two strikers provide width but also threaten space in the front of the box, while the two attacking midfielders make penetrating runs into the penalty.
In defense Villarreal use aggressive hard pressing very close to their rivals in the hope of preventing action early on. They often continue the pressing through high speed pressing close-up which results in a large number of fouls.
This strategy disrupts the tempo of the opponent's play and despite the obvious risks produces measurable profits.
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