Barcelona handed Ronald Koeman a convincing opening day win with a 4-0 margin against Villarreal on Sunday’s La Liga outing.
Barcelona got Ronald Koeman’s era at the club off to a flying start as they thumped Villarreal 4-0 in their first La Liga fixture of the 2020-21 campaign. Ansu Fati scored twice for the Catalans and was joined by Lionel Messi on the scoresheet. A fourth goal for the Catalans came at the cusp of half-time, thanks to Pau Torres, who put the ball in his own net.
The Blaugrana slowed down in the second half and were given some worrying moments by the visiting side, but eventually held onto a convincing success. Miralem Pjanic, Francisco Trincao and Pedri, all made their debuts in the second half, whereas Ousmane Dembele also marked his return from a lengthy injury on the evening.
Here is a look at the three talking points from the clash.
BARCELONA LOOKED LIKE A WELL-OILED SIDE
Barcelona were all over their opponents in the first half and despite easing the pressure, later on, they held onto a big win against the Yellow Submarine. Ronald Koeman’s men played a few friendlies before their official outing of the season and looked smooth in their victory against Villarreal on Sunday.
All the players seemed to be in the groove and played with solid chemistry despite a 4-2-3-1 formation which had not been used very often in the past and more so, with four attackers in the line-up as opposed to just two midfielders. The team’s next task will be to maintain a good run of form in the upcoming fixtures, especially on the road.