Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Preview of BARCELONA VS VILLAREAL. The first game of the new season is about to kickoff for FC Barcelona. They have to face a competitive side of Villareal who can surely trouble the Catalonia players. Barcelona is heading into the new season with a new manager and have already off loaded a few players. Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez have left the club. Nelson Semedo has also departed to Wolves FC in the Premier League. Therefore, it is going to be interesting how Koemann plays his cards.
BARCELONA VS VILLAREAL MATCH PREVIEW
Koemann made one thing clear from the pre-season friendlies. He showed everyone that 4-2-3-1 is his most favoured formation. Furthermore, he has also made clear that he intends to use his players where they feel the most comfortable. This means that De Jong is probably going to enjoy at his favourite spot and Griezmann is going to play striker as well. The match is also going to be held at the Nou Camp. There is not going to be any home crowd, but it is Barcelona must capitalise on their home advantage.
A victory in the first fixture of the league is going to be very meaningful to everyone at the club. The reason for that is Real Madrid has already played 2 league games out of which they won only 1. They drew the other game. Therefore, they have 4 points currently. Barcelona can start with the right impact by winning their first game and getting 3 points from it. However, Ronald Koemann’s new formation can leave Barcelona vulnerable at a few places. Therefore, Ronald must come to the ground with proper homework and right attacking as well as defensive strategies.
Neto is going to offer his services as the goalkeeper due to Ter Stegen’s injury. Barcelona is going to face Villareal without a proper RB as well. Therefore, Sergio Roberto is going to fill in that place. The Cules expect a lot from their attackers especially Lionel Messi, Griezmann and Dembele. Philippe Coutinho is back as well. Therefore, the fans would want wonders from him too. On the other side, Unai Emery is going to test Barcelona with his unique strategies as well. Villa have made some good signings, and Emery is going to make sure that he puts them to good use.
Barcelona has a big test to face in this coming fixture. La Liga might not seem very difficult to the Catalonia players. However, they were the favourites last time as well and ended up not winning the title. It is about regaining the pride and respect which the club badge holds. Therefore, every game is a must win for the players.