Quique Setien had a pretty miserable time in his brief spell in charge of Barcelona but did his former club a favor on Saturday.
The 64-year-old guided his Villarreal team to a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in La Liga that means Barca head to Atletico tomorrow still on top of La Liga.
Indeed Barca can pull out a three-point lead over the defending champions with a win, although we all know it’ll be a tricky test at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Setien enjoyed a tough start to his time at Villarreal and didn’t manage a single win in his first four games with the Yellow Submarine.
| Villarreal 2–1 Real Madrid— Sofascore (@SofascoreINT) January 7, 2023
Today's main LaLiga clash saw The Yellow Submarine inflict Real Madrid only their second league defeat in 2022/23, with Gerard Moreno involved in both goals.
This is Villarreal's first win over Los Blancos since Jan 2018!#VillarrealRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/X1d8zCQ33G
However, Saturday’s victory over Los Blancos means it’s now five in a row for Setien’s side who move up to fifth in the table.
Villarreal dominated the first half and went ahead after the break when Gerard Moreno took advantage of a mistake by Ferland Mendy and teed up Yeremi Pino to score.
Madrid equalized when they were given their customary penalty but Villarreal won it with a spot-kick of their own scored by Moreno.