30 August 2011

Alexis: "I have all trust of my colleagues"

The Chilean forward is charmed with his new teammates and how to treat him in his first months as azulgrana.


Alexis Sanchez drew a smile from ear to ear when you leave the locker room of the Camp Nou. His baptism to his new hobby could not be more positive. Victoria and goal. The Chilean striker was very happy and he did know told 'Radio Cooperative'.

"I wanted to get a goal, and I took off the first goal for everyone is important," he said.

Alexis Sanchez proved to be very comfortable in his new team and it's all thanks to the host of a costume that allows you to exploit all its qualities, including coach Pep Guardiola.

"Guardiola told me to let go and to come in confident, because this is a team that gives you the freedom to play. I have the confidence of my peers, which is what I got, and I have to continue to adapt better because I just started here, "he said.

Alexis enjoys the beautiful dress of Barca but still asks for patience to show its best side. He is determined to succeed at Barca. "The boat has a special way of playing, that nowhere in the world plays the same, but we must adapt," he said. (via SPORT)

Valdés: "Without the final in Paris would not be Barça goalkeeper"

Victor Valdes believes that his performance in the Champions League final in Paris was the best of his career。


Barca goalkeeper fulfilled a dream match as goalkeeper Zubizarreta brand more competitive games in the history of Barcelona, ​​which exceed at their next meeting. Therefore, the match against Villarreal will be a special game, but certainly not forgotten everything that happened to get here.

Victor Valdes has experienced many special moments in recent seasons but in the mind of a goalie shines above all: the Champions League final in París'2006.

, "But maybe now that it would end Barça goalkeeper," he said one Valdés admitted it was his best game as player.

In spite of the gotten record, Valdés feels strong and it assured that he plans to play "until the 36 years" if physically it is well. (via SPORT)

Wolfsburg can be the destination of Hleb

The German team is determined to bid for Belarus midfielder.


The case could be solved Hleb after Wolfsburg's interest in having their services. The player Byelorussian, which will not count Guardiola, is recovering from an injury but would be in the spotlight of Wolfsburg, notes the German newspaper 'Bild'.

Hleb is one of the major candidates to complete the template directed by Felix Magath who is willing to have Hleb for next season. The midfielder, who played in the Bundesliga and in the ranks of Stuttgart, could leave FC Barcelona for an economic pillar next to the 1.5 million euros.

Hleb, who last season played on loan at Birmingham, would welcome his departure from FC Barcelona aware it will have no opportunity to return to a country that still enjoys a good sign. (via SPORT)

Alexis's goal causes furor in Chile

Alexis Sanchez is on the cover of all Chilean newspapers after premiering as Barcelona striker.


The 'knack' of Barca is talking football fans after the screening featuring players from FC Barcelona. But where have woken up with a huge bulky happiness after Barca victory has been in Chile.

The country of origin of Alexis Sanchez has been quick to portray the opening as the top scorer of the 'Boy Wonder' in a Barca shirt. The Chilean press has echoed the official debut of Alexis Sanchez and highlighted her image in his first goal.

The newspaper La Estrella 'entitled "Alexis celebrates his first hit" while "El Llanquihue" states that "Wonder Child's screams and feel in Barcelona." For its part, El Mercurio Calama "highlights" the dream debut of Alexis, "which also points to the" Chronicle chill 'with the "Boy Wonder, partying, scored his first goal in Barcelona."

Even in the digital newspaper 'The Fourth' two articles are dedicated to Alexis Sanchez in his debut that stands out and comes to be compared to Maradona. Chile's Alexis Sanchez and vibrates with the Catalans as well. (via SPORT)

Milan will press for Maxwell until last hour

Maxwell is the choice of Milan to sign his left full-back and try joining 'express' before closing the transfer market.


The closure of the transfer market may hold some surprises in the Barça squad. Sounding names, players change team ... and Maxwell is in the crosshairs of the Italian league. Milan have returned to revive interest in the Barca fullback led by his agent Mino Raiola.

The defense has a very good sign in Italy after visiting Inter Milan, as he says' Sportmediaset, the whole 'Rossoneri' fight for incorporation.

While many expect the Italian closed the arrival of a midfielder out of the way to Lecce Oddo would have put a high priority on incorporating a profile of Maxwell's defense to cover this low on the left full-back.

Galliani is aware of the complicated operation but hopes that paying for a large part of its output can get salary of FC Barcelona. (via SPORT)

The answer to the incompatibility of Cesc and Thiago

Thiago and Cesc played together and not just sparkled, but also marked.


They were the great debates of the summer. The first was born because of the extraordinary season that made Thiago Alcántara, and scoring great goals shining almost every game he played. Soon the question arose whether the signing of Cesc Fabregas was necessary and there were many who saw both players incompatible. Perhaps one of the objectives of the alignment Pep Guardiola presented yesterday was to teach analysts and on the first day that players can play together always extraordinary. They showed very fast in this ultraofensivo 3-4-3 (with one defense pure) which delighted the 75,097 spectators who came to the Camp Nou and were left clapping hands. The connection between Cesc, Messi and Thiago was the best I saw last night and quickly bear fruit when the oldest of the Alcantara took his two companions made their movements recoil behind Villarreal to go closer to the front area and drop a shot that opened the scoring. Fabregas would not be unless your partner 'debate' and the stroke of half rounded off a great pass from Messi made it 2-0. It was the third straight game in which he scored after the Gamper and the European Super Cup.

So the explosive emergence of the 'incompatible' blew Villarreal and gave way to the festival. There was also looking forward to seeing Alexis Sanchez, who had nurtured the second debate of the summer with these 26 million more fixed variables 11'5 some considered excessive. The Chilean had already pointed out ways in the Madrid and reaffirmed yesterday. Tactically disciplined, found one on one when he could and noted especially for its resilient defense. The icing on his performance was the goal he scored after an excellent service Thiago, who last night gave two asistencias.Marcaron three new point and end point for discussions.

It seemed impossible to improve the football team had done Pep Guardiola in the past three seasons, but the offensive display yesterday showed that had not yet reached excellence. Especially if you consider that this team is capable of playing a record level despite not count on the pitch with players such as Dani Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Xavi and Villa. And that is also able to play many of his men in various positions without notice the difference. Even a discarded theory in the summer, Jonathan dos Santos, showed yesterday that the cog in the machine runs at top. (via MD)

Pep Guardiola's revolution: a defense

Guardiola surprised everyone lining up as the only defense Abidal pure and betting on the 3-4-3 scheme.


Season after season, as has been collecting titles, Guardiola has been able to overcome reinventing himself as a coach your team whenever the opponent believed to have studied. In his second year on the bench Barca, Messi moved to Pep right end to the center of fake attack as '9 '. Besides increasing the surprise factor, the 'Flea' closer to the area, scorers Messi numbers started rising. Last season, more than rivals Barca tried to push up, Pep was pulled out of the hat to exercise false Busquets libero central to helping to dispose of the ball. At the same time, depending on how you develop the game, his team was able to switch from 4-3-3 to a 2-3-5 start in many phases of the match with Alves and making ends Maxwell in the same play.

Pep decided yesterday to take a step honoring his master, Johan Cruyff, betting home for the 3-4-3. For more daring of the three back, just a defender Abidal was pure, for Mascherano and Busquets are converted. Ahead, a rhombus with Keita, Thiago, Iniesta and Cesc, and up Alexis, Messi and Pedro, with total freedom.

Rijkaard was the last to implement the 3-4-3 start in around 1/4 Cup in Zaragoza (02.07.28), with Oleguer, Thuram and Puyol back in a game that the club rallied the tie (1-2). (via MD)

Garrido: "Today is much higher, a little more I can say"

"Barcelona are a great team, many agree that the best team in the world".


Juan Carlos Garrido surrendered to the superiority of Barcelona said Guardiola's team is "the best team in the world."

"It was a game with a very clear and very forceful. A team has been far superior to another, we have said many times, is a great team, many agree that the best team in the world," admitted Garrido.

According to the Castellon coach, Villarreal was not at his best, but said this is the result of its rival. "We have left to our game" to push as above. "It's a team that today is much higher, I can say little more."

Garrido had an impact on Barcelona has a team "that will make history and is making a time." Also, Garrido warned that the League is running in a matter of two by "excessive economic impact" between clubs. "They are creating some dramatic differences," he said. (via Marca)

Alexis opened as scorer in his league debut

Despite the debate opened by the price of its signing, the player continues to prove that his arrival is a big hit and misses and up.


After his remarkable performance in the first leg Super Cup at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid, Alexis Sanchez returned to the team yesterday after recovering from the slight injury that made him miss the Gamper and away from the starting lineup in the Super Cup. And the Chilean again offered a great performance by right this time crowned with a goal in which recorded his virtues.

Alexis Sanchez received a pass on huge deep pass from Thiago and with a speed much higher than that of the rear villarrealense, joined in the area and topped with a shot placed to dry and Diego Lopez, who could do nothing to prevent premiere filmmaker of the first signing for the season.
The Chilean certify just mad and made ​​it 3-0 a venial sin to take off his shirt in the midst of euphoria. Legislation in hand Turienzo Alvarez showed a yellow card very avoidable. 'A what Cristiano Ronaldo', the end to take advantage of Barcelona's chest and show off their abs and pecs worked.

Alexis Sanchez overcame a first examination with flying league, as well as his constant riding on the right, the Camp Nou was greatly appreciated his tireless work in defense capability. Far from being discouraged, the Chilean redoubled their efforts when they came out their usual antics and not give up until the team recovered the ball again and again.

And the former Udinese has understood the first success of this boat is based on solidarity and a suffocating pressure is what allows that possessions are longer and prevents opponents have the ball. And in the football, without ball, little one can make.

Last season, Alexis was tired of giving assists and scored 12 goals in all competitions. Yesterday he signed his first goal for the club official in his league debut. (via SPORT)

[Player Rating; Liga BBVA; week02] FC Barcelona - Villarreal CF (5-0)

Global rating 8.4 .

VALDES 7, MASCHERANO 9, BUSQUETS 9, ABIDAL 9, KEITA 8, THIAGO 9(MOM), Iniesta 8, CESC 9, PEDRO 8, MESSI 9, ALEXIS 8, XAVI 7, VILLA 7, DOS SANTOS 7. (via SPORT)

[BarçaB] Jonathan Soriano recovers thinking of the winter market

The player continues to receive offers and both the club and its environment does not rule out a mid-season transfer.


Jonathan Soriano could be available to Eusebio Sacristan in late September. Right now is the time to make medical services for the striker is restored completely from the injury he suffered in preseason and that affected the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. A mishap that ended his more than likely out of Barcelona during the summer market.

Soriano and his entourage have been forced to rethink its future. Under the technical direction of the club, the striker will return to the discipline of the subsidiary and will face their last year of the contract normally. The slogan is not other than to recover the form of gambling that led him to proclaim top scorer last season in second with 32 goals. Jonathan Soriano's return will be slow and not take risks.

What is not clear is the future of Catalan striker. Truncated his departure in the summer and in the light facing his last year of contract, player and coaching staff have left open the door to a possible departure during the winter. Despite the injury, the player environment has continued to receive offers both the incorporation of Jonathan once it is restored.

The club handles all the options to the player's expected return. Jonathan will take minutes and even it is possible that Pep Guardiola will be given the occasional opportunity. If the player regains his killer instinct to the first change will be difficult to keep him until the end of the season. (via SPORT)

[BarçaB] Grimaldo, other juvenil for Eusebio

The fullback, which debuted with the first team in the Copa Catalunya, will train all week with the subsidiary.


Alex Grimaldo, juvenil A left fullback, will train all week with Barça B. Eusebio Sacristán decided reinforced with another player from the team of Oscar Garcia Junyent to prepare for the game against Cartagena. The absence of plans to be called up to the State under-21 selection and Muniesa injury has forced the hand of the youthful cast. Grimaldo is the first year and last season was one of the protagonists of the dramatic Cadete A of Garcia Pimienta. The Valencian youth first year, turning 16 on 20 September, although he debuted with the theory that Barca first team presented at the Catalunya Cup final against Espanyol. Grimaldo played 90 minutes and was one of the sensations of the meeting, which provided intensity and self-confidence. (via SPORT)

Adriano will also get lost the friendly of Brazil

"The left fullback Adriano suffered a leg muscle stretch and is friendly called off the September 5th," stated the Brazilian.


The Brazil coach Mano Menezes left fullback called off today's Adriano of Barcelona and who suffered a leg muscle injury, for the friendly against Ghana on September 5 in London.

"The left Adriano suffered a leg muscle stretch and is friendly called off the September 5" according to a statement released by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

According to the note, now the coach has not thought about calling another player to replace him.

In the squad released ten days ago, Menezes included four fullbacks: Daniel Alves (Barcelona, ​​ESP), Danilo (Santos), Marcelo (Real Madrid, ESP) and Adriano (Barcelona, ​​ESP).

Real Madrid's Marcelo, therefore, is the only left-Menezes available in the friendly will be played at the stadium Craven Cottage, Fulham English club with a capacity of 25,700 and built in 1886 on the banks of the Thames.

The big news in the squad for the match against Ghana was the inclusion of twice world champion and world's best player Ronaldinho, 31, and not nine months saw the shirt of the Brazilian team.

Despite this novelty, Menezes maintained its bet on the youth for the team preparing for the World 2014 and reconvened disclosures and Paulo Henrique Neymar Goose, Santos and midfielder Lucas, Sao Paulo, strikers Alexandre Pato, AC Milan and Italian Leandro Damião Internacional.

The friendly against Ghana will be decisive for Menezes because the coach is now being challenged by their poor performance in front of the Brazilian team, especially the elimination of Brazil in the Copa America in Argentina in July.

Of the thirteen parties as Brazil coach Menezes has accumulated six wins, four draws and three defeats. The coach, however, has not achieved any success against other teams in the world champions, having been defeated in friendly France, Argentina and Germany. (via AS)

Roig: "Either this changes or kill the Spanish football"

"If you want to have 2 games just because you have 2 games, but this is not good. I am within three or four years. Or this changes or kill football," the president qualifies.

Fernando Roig, the president of Villarreal, has been very angry after the meeting that they have lost to Barcelona 5-0: "This is the league you want. I sell players to balance budgets and other take out loans and are granted" .

"If they want to have two parties only, as there are two parties, but this is not good for football. I am within three or four years. Or this change or kill the Spanish football," he qualifies the president.

"We've had offers for Rossi and Nilmar, but his departure would weaken the team. The economic difference leads to this," he stresses.

While acknowledging that the Catalans played much better: "He has done great and Villarreal have made a very bad game, one of the worst."

Finally, he stressed that the 'yellow submarine' can close in the coming hours the signing of Julian de Guzman: "The Canadian might be of Villarreal in the next few hours," but also recognizes that it may remain in nothing. (via AS)

Cesc Fabregas: "With Messi it’s easier being a striker than making goals"

The author of the second goal against Villarreal has a total understanding with Messi. Messi’s pass made Cesc's goal tonight.


Since he came to Barça, Cesc Fabregas has scored 3 goals in 4 games, 1 in the League, 1 in the European Super Cup, and the 3rd in the Joan Gamper Trophy match. In the last 2 games, on Friday in Monaco, and at the Camp Nou tonight, Cesc scored from a Messi pass. It’s a connection that provides excellent results.

With regard to the Cesc and Messi partnership, Fabregas explained that: "I know him so well. I know how he plays and what he’s going to do. It's easier to be a striker with him than making the goals". One of the reasons for the great understanding between them is that "we’ve been educated in the same way. A lot of training sessions, a lot of games, lots of years, and we play from memory".

Cesc’s adaptation, therefore, has been more than satisfactory. Cesc said that "they’re helping me a lot. It’s fantastic playing with them. For me it’s a pleasure and an honor to be part of this team".


Here we reproduce statements from more players, after the game.

Lionel Messi:
(Goal number 101 at the Camp Nou): "The important thing is that the team has won a difficult game, especially after the Super Cup"
"Cesc came from here, so we said he would adapt easily, and he’s demonstrating that it’s true"
"We hope to carry on doing the same things, and calmly. We’ve started well, despite it being a tricky fixture"

Thiago:
"I’d like to thank my teammates for a job well done"
"Luckily I'm scoring and we have to make the most of that"
"Barcelona and Madrid are the 2 top teams ... we’ll try to win everything".
"We played really well as a team. A great job done together”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

On Tuesday, rest

Pep Guardiola has decided to rest the team Tuesday after premiering Monday at the league and come to win the European Super Cup in Monaco on Friday. The team will return to training on Wednesday morning from 9.30 am at the Sports City. The first 15 minutes of the session will be open to the media. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Bartomeu: "They are ecstatic"

Following Barça’s 5-0 win against Villarreal, the first vice president emphasised the ambition the players showed on the pitch: "This is a really ambitious team. They’ve won the European Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup, and it’s been a really tiring August. We have a lot to thank them for. They are ecstatic". Along the same lines, Bartomeu recalled that last Friday Barça were playing the final of the European Super Cup, which meant they had to make an extra effort to be ready for the match on Monday: "It was a fantastic game. The team came from winning the European Super Cup. We ought to thank the coaching staff and the players for their efforts today. It would have been normal that on Monday they might have been a bit relaxed, but not at all. They were so motivated".

On the other hand, Bartomeu wished to highlight the performances of three players who managed to score tonight: "Alexis, Thiago, and Cesc, all started tonight, and all three scored. We must recognise how quickly they’ve adapted, and how well they’re playing". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: "With different types of defenders we couldn’t have played like that"

Whilst recognising that playing with three defenders against a team as dangerous as Villareal might have been a risk, Guardiola stressed that the quality of his players was the key for having dared to do just that.


At the press conference after the match against Villareal, Josep Guardiola explained his tactical approach to FC Barcelona’s first game in the League. The manager began by analysing the game with regard to the wingers, when playing with three defenders: "When you don’t play with full-backs, the wingers have to be a little more static, and more patient. We had only one natural defender, Abidal, and we decided to play like we did. The idea was to have control of the ball, play the ball out of defence, pack the midfield, and move the ball around a lot".

It was an approach which had a very positive result: "We played an unbelievable game, which in my opinion is the end of the preseason, as I think that the season starts when the players return from the matches with their respective National teams. We played really well against a Villarreal team that has always given us lots of problems. I want to again congratulate each player, because I’m very pleased with the performance of all of them".

When asked if, in the case that he’d had everybody available, he would have opted for a 3 man defence, Guardiola was pretty clear: "It depends a little bit on everything. If I’d had all the players available, I’m not sure what would have happened. In this club I’ve always thought that good football comes from the midfielders, and we are lucky to have quite a few very good ones".

Insisting on the 3 man defence, the manager recognised that "it was a risk to play like that, because we hadn’t prepared too much. We explained three or four concepts, and once again they’ve proved to be very good players and really smart, and they did everything very well. They had to be calm at the back, and Mascherano and Sergio Busquets were just that. The job of the manager is to know his players and their qualities. With other types of defenders we couldn’t have played like that".
Guardiola also stressed the high level of possession that Barça maintained throughout the game: "We’ve gone, I don’t know, 180 or 190 games with more possession than our opponents, and that’s a significant figure against a team with the quality of Villareal……..playing with three defenders against Nilmar and Rossi is always dangerous, but it went well" he said.

One of this season’s new signings, Cesc Fabregas scored again tonight, against Villareal. Guardiola mentioned this, saying: "You always hope that a new signing fits in well. In Cesc’s case, he combines 2 very good things. The first is that he knows the club and some of his teammates very well, and the second is that he was captain of Arsenal at a very young age, and he’s developed a really strong personality. We knew he just had to get used to the rhythm, and bit by bit everything would fall into place”.

About the tandem that Cesc has formed with Lionel Messi, Guardiola said "they look for each other, and find each other", although at the same time he wanted to emphasise the role of players like Thiago, Iniesta, and Keita. "In the end it’s the feeling in the style of play that gives you confidence for the future. They all run, and know how to pass to a teammate, and this is key" he added.

Another player who shone was Alexis, who scored his first goal for Barça on his official debut at the Camp Nou. "It’s never easy to come to this stadium and play like he did. The truth is that we’ve already seen what he’s capable of. As always, we must give him time. He’s a young man who is now the joy of the dressing room, and is beginning to be loved. As always, if anything bothers him, we’re here to help".

Finally, Guardiola didn’t want to go as far as to assess whether this was the best game Barça have played since he took over the team: "I think we played really well, and we’re very happy. Coming from where we came from, and the efforts of the 2 Super Cups, the team once again responded really well. This gives us that extra confidence, to take the next step forward". Once again he praised his players: "For all that I might tell them, if it doesn’t come from within themselves, then things won’t go well. A lot of them have been here many years and know that minor details can cost them everything. Most times I don’t have to tell them what to do, because they know already. They’re the stars, the ones who make people happy". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Valdés equals Zubi’s record

Victor Valdes has caught up with Andoni Zubizarreta, as the goalkeeper who has played most games for Barça. Against Villarreal he reached the target of 410 games, in his tenth season with the first team.


Victor Valdes is now the keeper who has played most games for Barça. On Monday, against Villarreal, he equalled the figure of Andoni Zubizarreta (the current Sports Director) of 410 official matches. Valdes made his debut with the first team in 2002 and since the end of the 2003/04 season he has been the undisputable number one between the posts. Four Zamora trophies as the goalkeeper conceding fewest goals in the League (2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011) stand out in his career.

The Barcelona number 1, 29 years old, has the 410 games distributed as follows: 296 in the League, 82 in the Champions League, 12 in the Spanish Cup, 4 in the World Club Championship, 5 in the UEFA Cup, 8 in the Spanish Super Cup, and 3 in the European Super Cup. In total he’s let in 323 goals, which represents an average of 0.78 per game. In his ten seasons with the first team he’s won 17 trophies, including 5 League titles and 3 Champions Leagues.

Behind Zubizarreta and Valdes (410) come other Barça legends, like Antoni Ramallets (384 games and 5 Zamora trophies), Salvador Sadurní (331), and Pello Artola (248).

After the game against Villarreal, Valdes mentioned the record he’s just reached: "I’m very proud to equal Zubi, it’s a very special day. This figure was unthinkable when I made my debut”. Later, his manager, Pep Guardiola joked about the record: "As testimonial to Zubi, I decided to play with a 3 man defence ....our aim is that Victor helps us to move the ball, and he’s not the typical goalkeeper who just makes saves”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Liga BBVA; week02] FC Barcelona 5 - 0 Villarreal CF

Barça crushed Villareal with an exhibition of football, and made it clear that this season they’ve come back even hungrier. Three of the four new players, Thiago, Cesc, and Alexis, scored in the game, and Messi scored twice.


Both teams play neat football, but Barça is at a different level. Pressure, intensity, possession, and instinct make all the difference, and this Monday Barça had it all. The 5-0 win against a team in the Champions League just demonstrated the ambition of these players who never have enough. Sanchez and Cesc scored, Messi scored twice, and a sublime Thiago Alcantara got the other.

Starting with a 3 man defence of Sergio, Abidal, and Mascherano, Barça made their intentions clear from the start. They wanted to have the ball from the kick-off and were totally successful in their aim. With a midfield full of ball-players, Thiago, Cesc, and Iniesta, and one defensive pivot, Keita, Guardiola's side went for everything from the first minute. They controlled the game, and created the better chances, although at times the final pass went astray.
Thiago, who helped in defense, covering the right hand side, also got forward a lot. Proof of this was the first goal. A fabulous Thiago run high up the field brought the goal. Thiago went alone and, spurred on by the fans, got to the edge of the area, and with a low cross-shot beat Diego Lopez, to make it 1-0, in the 25th minute.

In his debut in the League with Barça, and at the Camp Nou, Cesc showed all his qualities, from helping out in defence, to getting into the box, without forgetting the combinations with his teammates. From one of these combinations, in the 44th minute, he made it 2-0. Messi, well inside the Villareal half, spotted Cesc’s run, and hit a superb through ball, that Fabregas took in his stride, rounded Diego Lopez, and slid the ball into the net.

In the second half the story was the same. Same script, same actors, but 2 of the forwards hadn’t scored yet .The goal to make it 3-0, right at the start of the second half, fell to the Chilean, Alexis Sanchez, making his debut at the Camp Nou, who hit a low drive into the back of the net after a fantastic pass from Thiago. The striker from Tocopilla now knows what it’s like to score in the Camp Nou.

The fourth goal came from the best player in the world. Iniesta hit a brilliant pass into space, and Messi rounded Diego Lopez, to make it 4-0. The goal was Messi’s 100th in the Camp Nou, a truly amazing statistic.

Four goals ahead, Barca took their foot off the gas a bit, but not much. Pep took the opportunity to make three changes, and on came Xavi, Villa, and Dos Santos, but there was time to marvel once again with a fifth goal. Again, a superbly timed pass from Thiago, two assists and a goal in the game, reached Messi in the 6 yard box, who slotted the ball past the keeper to make it 5-0, in the 74th minute.

Then, in the last fifteen minutes, Barça stayed faithful to their style of play. Playing one and two touch football they had Villarreal chasing shadows, just like they had over the 90 minutes. A fabulous start to the season against a rival who are playing in the Champions League. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[Technical Data]
FC Barcelona: Valdés; Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Abidal; Keita, Thiago, Iniesta (Xavi, min.56), Cesc (Jonathan dos Santos, min.70); Alexis, Pedro (Villa, min.67) and Messi.

Villarreal: Diego López; Zapata, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Oriol; Marchena, Bruno, Borja Valero (Camuñas, min.50); Cani (Wakaso, min.64), Nilmar (Senna, min.61) and Rossi.

Goals: 1-0: m.25: Thiago. 2-0: m.45: Cesc. 3-0: m.47: Alexis. 4-0: m.51: Messi. 5-0: m.75: Messi.

Referee: Turienzo Alvarez. Show tarjeta amarilla Zapata (min. 20), Mascherano (min.33), Cesc (min.34), Wakasa (min.84) y Marchena (min.88).

Incidents: Party of the second game of the season, the first was stopped by a strike of the AFE-match at the Nou Camp before 75,097 spectators. Before the start of the meeting observed a minute's silence for the death of Heribert Barrera, who was the first president of the Catalan Parliament.