Worked and chewed victory of the Barça at home, the first in the League in the first trip with Xavi Hernandez as a coach. It was in La Cerámica, a fetish stadium for the Catalans in recent years, surpassing the Villarreal in a meeting that ended in the final stretch. Memphis, with a genius, and Coutinho, with a penalty in the addition, decided the balance after the draw of Chukwueze, who equalized an initial goal by De Jong after the break.
The script could have been very different if the VAR had entered a very hard plate from Parejo to Busquets that the referee did not punish even with yellow in the first moments of play. The Villarreal He continued with eleven and was able to defend himself better against the siege of the culé who played what he wants Xavi for the first 20 minutes.
The Barça coach surprised by giving Abde the opportunity as a starter on the right and the winger danced to Pedraza while the gasoline lasted. The first occasion, the best of the first half, was for him, who had made the corner kick. The Alicante header alone and between Rulli and the crossbar they saved the first from Barça.
Villarreal hit back with an action by Danjuma after an error by Eric, who was the right back. Pique He remedied the youth squad’s mistake, throwing himself down to block the Dutchman’s shot. The ‘groguet’ team claimed a penalty because the ball touched Piqué’s arm, but the referee – and the VAR – considered it involuntary.
The Barça first part confirmed that Memphis needed a turning point to regain that confidence with which it landed. The Dutchman, after a good recovery from Busquets and a great assistance from De Jong, cut his marker but did not know how to place the ball away from a misplaced Rulli. In fact, it directly and inexplicably pulled out.
On practically the next play, Memphis dropped a ball and left it for Gavi, who hit the post. The second of a Barça without luck. All this in ten minutes of a great Barça choral version.
The Catalan team, biting into the pressure, jumping the man and locking Villarreal in their own field, deserved something more. But he continued to be beaten in the face of goal. Specifically his nine. Memphis failed again only against Rulli, again after another good pass from Frenkie.
After an electric start to one of the best versions of Barça of the season, Villarreal knew how to calm the game. Especially because Xavi’s legs began to fail and they accused the frantic initial rhythm. A physical part, basically yes, that should improve the Catalan team.
Thus, the Groguets had their options. Pino and Pau Torres, with two headers licking the crossbar in strategic actions, warned Barça. The second, clearer, since the central finished alone. And Villarreal finished the first half pressing. In fact, Ter Stegen had to appear to take a shot from Danjuma with his chest in the clearest local option.
De Jong, with suspense
Barça regained air and legs at half-time. They did well, because they came out with force again and this time, De Jong opened the can. With suspense, because the action had to be reviewed several times by a possible offside of Memphis, who left it to his compatriot to score at will.
The goal did not conform to the Barcelona who continued to insist, although with less clarity. Xavi gave entry to Dembélé and had to change Alba, with discomfort, ending a line of four defenders, all of them natural centrals. Too many forced patches that Emery’s box was able to take advantage of.
And the Barça began to suffer. In the absence of a quarter of an hour, Trigueros shot up, entering only from the second row. The midfielder forgave in the warning prior to the tie. Danjuma won a split ball from Piqué and Chukuweze took advantage of his speed to advance to Mingueza, an improvised left-back, to place with the tip of Ter Stegen’s reach.
Memphis regained confidence
The Villarreal it grew with the tie. Trigueros and Danjuma pulled the team and warned twice to advance their team. Barça suffered from suffocating pressure from Emery’s men, they needed a little more clarity with the ball and demanded a flash up, where Coutinho finished on the left and Osumane on the right. Both without prominence. Where was the flower, it had to appear Memphis in the absence of three minutes to get oil from a long shot by Ter Stegen. A ball, yes. The goalkeeper unleashed, the Dutchman believed it, who scored a crack goal, dodging the goalkeeper, outlining himself and pulling Estupiñán’s legs underneath.
Already in the addition, CoutinhoThis time yes, he achieved the sentence by transforming a penalty that had been given to himself. And he even had the fourth in a Chilean.
Xavi’s flower, they say. But you have to water it during the week. Barça must continue to grow, but clear signs of improvement are beginning to be seen, adding three at a time. Also outside the home.
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Villarreal, 1: Rulli (2), Foyth (2), Albiol (2), Pau Torres (2), Pedraza (1) (Estupiñán, 2, 65 ‘), Trigueros (3) (Raba, 1, 84’), Capoue (3 ), Parejo (2), Moi Gómez (1), Danjuma (3) and Yeremi Pino (2) (Chukwueze, 3, 64 ‘)
Barcelona, 3: Ter Stegen (2), Eric Garcia (2), Piqué (3), Araujo (3), Jordi Alba (2) (Mingueza, 3, 70 ‘), De Jong (3), Busquets (3), Nico (2 ) (Coutinho, 2, 81 ‘), Gavi (2), Abde (3) (Dembelé, 1, 66’) and Memphis (3).
Goals: 0-1, De Jong., 48 ‘1-1, Chukwueze, 76’, 1-2, Memphis, 88; 1-3, Coutinho, from a penalty, 93 ‘.
Referee: Soto Grado (Riojan committee). He admonished Yeremi Pino (26 ‘) and Raba (90’) for Villarreal and Jordi Alba (26 ‘) and Piqué (44’) for Barcelona.
Attendance: 19,050 spectators at the La Cerámica Stadium.