Barcelona vs Villarreal (4-0): Ronald Koeman’s new Barcelona started LaLiga by devastating Villarreal displaying a good game, plenty of goals, and a huge Ansu Fati. All the good news. Something very necessary to start redirecting a ship that had been adrift for 44 days. Bayern 2-8 in Lisbon was a before and after for the Barca club in many ways. At this time an internal war broke out without a quarter in which there are no winners, everyone loses. Good sporting results can cover up some things.
It was necessary to find guilty after the unfortunate day in Lisbon, but without making any self-criticism. There are many involved in this situation, but everything has a common denominator. The mismanagement of the Board chaired by Jose Maria Bartomeu. Economically, it has left the accounts without cash, which has caused situations that border on the ridiculous in this transfer market. And it is that without money you cannot sign, there is no more. The solution can be at home and more seeing the confidence with which Ansu Fati plays. There is the solution, but that was not the idea of the leaders.
The club put up for sale players who did not want to leave and who wanted to leave did not let go. I know we are talking about Messi and those are big words, but I think that having the best player in the world unhappy is not a good deal. He is going to go free next season, not even putting his father as president would change his mind. In sports, the Board did not know how to stop the power of a dressing room that has eaten up coaches and the occasional player.
To end that power he has opted for a clean with Koeman as a shield in which everyone has lost. Luis Suarez, who already thrashes with Atletico, has left; Rakitic, who already thrashes with Sevilla; Arturo Vidal, Semedo, and Coutinho have arrived, whom they did not want, Trincao, Pedri and it seem that Dest.
Bartomeu, in any case, has been lucky for two reasons. That there is no public in the stands avoids blushing and, above all, the great game that Ansu Fati played. In the absence of renowned signings, what better than a youth squad from La Masia to play at this level at 17 years old, eclipsing Messi himself. The first half-hour of Barcelona 22 was simply anthological. Embedded in the left wing of Koeman’s 4-2-3-1. Fati scored two goals and caused the penalty that Messi materialized.
A complicated rival such as Villarreal, which has strengthened a lot this summer, was turned into a fighter at the hands of a Barcelona wanting to reclaim its name after the Germans’ slaughter. Ansu Fati can mark an era and the necessary reconstruction that this team must do in the coming years must begin with him.
Jordi Alba, much improved compared to last season’s version, and Coutinho had two good opportunities to increase their income but Asenjo responded with success. On the edge of halftime, the yellow madness experienced a new episode when Pau Torres scored an own goal for 4-0. After the break Emery made a double change giving entry to Iborra and Trigueros to give more firmness in the center of the field and prevent Barcelona from taking revenge on Bayern’s eight by scoring more goals.
The changes at Villarreal meant that Barcelona was not a gale, but little else. They had the ball more in their power and with it, they subtracted offensive power to those of Koeman. They forced Neto, the starter for the injured Ter Stegen, to intervene, but they were devoted to the cause. They only got a little better since Kubo came out on the field. With 20 minutes to go, Koeman made Pedri debut and took Dembele out, who could be another signing for this season if injuries allow. That said, the solution may be at home instead of selling smoke.
The game fell to the luck of Emery and Koeman took advantage of the opportunity for Trincao and Pjanic to make their debut. Griezmann, who is still like last season without much participation, and Busquets left. That change made it clear that De Jong is going to gain a lot of prominences this season. Messi had the fifth, but Asenjo avoided it with a save. One more aspect to highlight is the goal of zero of the Catalans. The same defense that was so criticized the previous campaign started this without conceding goals.