Barcelona delivered a superb performance and a must win game as they clinched a 3-0 victory over Villareal. Check our live soccer news here!
Barca Manager Xavi and his squad secured a victory in the midst of surmounting pressure towards the club and to the manager after a very disappointing performance against Inter in Champions League and a defeat against Real Madrid in El Clasico. You may frequently visit us for our free soccer predictions for today.
Barca’s comfortable cruising victory at home
Robert Lewandowski made his presence felt as he made big time moves to help Barcelona get back on the winning ways as he scored two goals within just 5 minutes.
The first half of the match dictated the result of the whole game as Barcelona finesse Villareal with Lewandowski scoring the first goal of the match at the 31st minute with an assist from Alba. Pedri easily breaks the defense of Villareal and a through ball to Alba, he squares the ball to Lewadowski. The Polish striker plays the defense of his two defenders and passes it through. He slots the ball underneath the goalkeeper and sends it to the back of the net. Barcelona 1-0 up!
Then within just less than five minutes, Lewandowski scores another goal during the 35th minute mark. Gavi played the defense of Parejo before sending it to Lewandowski wide to his left. Lewandowski did a brilliant run and ball control before curling the ball over Rullis and sending the ball into the far corner of the goal. Just like that, Barca doubled the lead 2-0!
19-year-old Ansu Fati made it 3-0!!! A collective effort from Gavi who finds Ferran Torres, and he dribbles it into the box before squaring it to Fati. The first attempt of Fati bounces back off the post but he keeps his composure and backheel the ball through the unguarded net, giving Barca 3-0 and cruising for an early victory in the match.
Villareal failed to find an answer in the second half as they kept scoreless and did not make any adjustments and failed to break the defense of Barca.
42-year-old Xavi hailed the brilliant performance of the Dutchman Frenkie De Jong saying: “Frenki was very good. He really enjoyed the game, he understood it very well and he played a very complete game. I’m happy for him.”
The Barca Manager also addresses his praise to the addition of Marcos Alonso, “Marcos Alonso adapts perfectly to the center-back position, he was very good today, but so was the whole defensive line, Alba, Sergi, and Jules.”
Despite of the surmounting pressures caused by the disappointments in the fixture against inter and Real Madrid, Xavi lauded the performance of his squad to maintain a clean sheet and took the three points:
“The whole team played well, all the lines, and yes the defense is solid, the feeling is good that we did not concede a goal and we are trying to progress in the league.”
“We have to play at a 100% every game like we did today,” the Barca Manager added.
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