Valdés; Keita, Mascherano, Busquets, Abidal; Thiago, Iniesta, Cesc;
Alexis, Pedro & Messi.
The observation was that the defence looked undermanned without being able to count tonight on Alves, Pique, Puyol, & Maxwell, while Coach Guardiola left on the bench Xavi Hernandez & David Villa. The final result proved that it made no difference to the Barça game & that the team is maintaining the high level of dominance that has made it the current “Best Football Team in the World.
|Thiago scores against Villreal : La Liga 2011-2012|
Villareal tried, they tried hard all they could to attack Barça in their own half but was slowly overrun by the Barça midfield lead by Thiago, Iniesta, Messi & CESC FABREGAS. The last was omnipresent on the field until substituted mid-way throught the 2º half. However before leaving he left his personal mark with the teams second goal in the 48th min, with THIAGO opening the goal scoring before in the 25th min.
The second half was all FC Barcelona with their personal show on the “Camp Nou” stage. MESSI changed roles from passing for others to score to score himself twice in the 51st & 74th min. New signing ALEXIS SANCHEZ did miss out on exhibiting himself with his first LIGA goal & third for Barça in the 47th min.
In conclusion, FC Barcelona sent a clear message to all opponents, & especially to their main & direct rival Real Madrid, that they too are on fire, on course & in place to repeat last years objectives. Tonight Barça “brushed” aside a very competent team in Villareal who are in Champions League, as compared to Real Zaragoza who nearly relegated last season & which Real Madrid defeated 6 – 0. Lastly, it looks that we are in for another exciting season with the personal “battle” between Ronaldo & Messi in the goal scoring area back on course. Messi was outstanding tonight & could have scored his own hat-trick had he been more lucky, more "selfish" & accurate in some of his executions.