Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal – Post Match Analysis
Last two days were best for Barcelona fans. They saw Lionel Messi winning Fifa the Best award on Monday in Milan and Barcelona’s another home win against Villarreal on Tuesday.
Valverde was criticized for lousy performance against Granada. Fans started a movement on Twitter named “ValverdeOut.” Spanish coach met with journalists on Monday and talked about Villarreal clash. Valverde said that he is responsible for the bad quality in defense and attack. Coach promised fans to reorganize the team and get back to winning.
While Valverde had a press conference with journalists, Messi attended Fifa the Best ceremony in Milan. Argentinian player won the Best Player award. Footballer gave an emotional speech on the stage mentioning his sons.
Villarreal came in Barcelona without serious injuries. The Yellow Submarines were 100% fit and ready for Tuesday’s match.
1st half of the game
We see two different versions of Barcelona this season. Blaugrana is perfect at home but disastrous while playing away. Valverde’s team won last two home matches in La Liga with same results – 5:2;
Tonight we saw the same performance from Barcelona as they did against Valencia but could not score five goals. 1st half was exciting for both teams as they have scored and kept intrigue till the end.
On the 6th minute, Messi crossed the ball from the right corner and Griezmann played with the head. Griezmann scored the third goal for Barcelona. Messi and Griezmann connection is already visible as both players were happy after successful combination.
Not long after the first goal, Barcelona scored second. It was an unexpected shot from Arthur as Villarreal’s goalkeeper could not believe his eyes. Arthur got a pass from Sergio Busquets and shot quickly without hesitation.
Two minutes before the end of the first half, Villarreal scored a goal. Cazorla shot from outside of penalty area and scored a screamer for the team. Experts believe that Ter Stegen made a mistake as he could save it.
2nd half of the match
Valverde substituted Messi after the first half. Messi had a minor problem in muscle and could not continue the game. It was a devastating moment for Valverde, but the team could keep with the lead until the end. Barcelona won a critical match, and now they are officially back in champion’s race.
After six matches, Barcelona has 10 points. The team scored 14 goals and conceded 10. It’s a surprising fact that Barcelona can’t keep a clean sheet this season in La Liga. Barcelona won the match, the fans were happy, but zero clean sheets could be problematic in the future.