Barcelona dominated Villarreal showing signs of massive improvements.
Barcelona displayed a supreme version of themselves against Villarreal on Sunday with massive signs of improvement under heavily criticized Quique Setien.
While Real Madrid defeated Athletic Club to move 7 points ahead, the Catalans were suffering from an internal quarrel between their struggling squad and its management.
After the latest draw sustained against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, the match against Villarreal meant life or death for Setien as it was reported that his performance in these two matches would dictate his future at Camp Nou.
While the performance against Atleti was lacking, a different Blaugrana showed up entirely at El Madrigal that showed glimpses of their former selves with their dominated oppositions with quick passes and proactive plays.
Not only did Lionel Messi have a massive influence on the scoreboard, as usual, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann also produced some uniquely sensational goals. The match against Villarreal was a thriller, to say the least, as both teams scored in the first 15 minutes but Barcelona were dominating for the entirety of the game.
While the match ended 4-1 in favor of the Catalans, it could have easily been much worse for Villarreal if it wasn’t for their goalkeeper, Sergio Asenjo, who was having an incredible night of his own. Regardless of the scoreline, it is the way Setien’s men won that impresses the most.
If the squad maintains the same playstyle and remains consistent, they might have a real chance at this season’s Champions League campaign with La Liga seeming unlikely as they currently stand 4 points behind Real Madrid.
Here are five talking points that look promising for Barcelona.