Barca won their opening match in La Liga 1Barca won their opening match in La Liga 1

*Goal: Fati 15′, 19′, Messi pen 35′, Pau Torres own goal 45′

Barcelona 4-0 Villarreal

Barca scored all four goals in the first half – showing dominance rarely seen in their confrontations with Villarreal in recent years.

This is Messi’s first official match, after the incident of unsuccessfully trying to leave Barca this summer.

Under the 4-2-3-1 diagram, De Jong and Sergio Busquest play defensive midfielders and ball distributors.

Barca won their opening match in La Liga

In Barca’s fast and direct play, Ansu Fati (left) shined with a double.

Instead of circulating the ball short, through many players, coach Ronald Koeman let his players pass quickly, with less contact and more directly.

The second goal, coming just four minutes after the first, even became a typical counter-attacking work.

Barca won their opening match in La Liga

Messi contributed a goal to Barca’s victory.

Villarreal is almost powerless against Barca’s playing style.

Leading four goals early helped Barca play more leisurely in the second half.

This is Villarreal’s first defeat in La Liga 2020-2021.

Squad

Barca: Neto, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Busquets (Pjanic 70), Griezmann (Trincao, 78), Ansu Fati (Dembele, 70), Coutinho (Pedri, 70), Messi.

Villarreal: Asenjo, Mario, Albiol (Funes Mori, 84), Pau, Estupinan, Parejo, Coquelin (Iborra, 46), Chukwueze (Kubo, 74), Moi, Gerard Moreno (Bacca, 84), Alcacer (Trigueros, 46)

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