Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Preview of Villareal vs Barcelona. We are back to the La Liga action after a well-deserved break. We played an intense game against Atletico last time. Unfortunately, we were not able to get the job done against them and ended the game as a draw. Therefore, winning the La Liga trophy is a big task for our team now. However, we still have to focus on winning every game. We have to get our part right, and then hope to get lucky. That’s the best we can do.
We have 5 games in hand to create some impact. We have to make sure that we win all of them. I have a good feeling of stepping into this game. However, I want to discuss stuff or two. I want to talk specifically about how good Villareal is, and what are we lacking. Furthermore, I am going to talk about Quique Setien as well, and we are going to talk about what are the best lineup choices for this game. All of this is coming up in this Match Preview. Stay tuned guys. Let’s talk about this upcoming fixture.
The kickoff timing for this game is 10 pm local time. This is yet another game that is kicking off at this time. I think this is the best time to play these games considering the intensity of the games itself, and the hot weather. It is great that we got the 4-5 day break because our players were looking drained and slow. This is by far the longest break we had ever since football resumed. However, we know that it was coming. Therefore, our players must focus on their recovery and be ready for every game.
VILLAREAL VS BARCELONA MATCH PREVIEW
HOW DANGEROUS IS VILLAREAL?
Before we talk about the expected lineup, let’s just talk about the terrific form of Villareal. Villa is in amazing form. They are 5th on the points table and are chasing Champions League football for the next season. The way they are playing, it looks possible that they might end up in the top 4. It is a really difficult task to face them at the moment, let alone facing them at their home. They are going to trouble us, and we must be prepared for them. Villareal is a difficult opponent.
Ter Stegen is going to start with the goal. He was pretty good against Atletico as well and I expect him to be the same in this fixture as well. There is never really much to talk about Ter Stegen. I always want to discuss more him, but what do I say? I have nothing but praises and applauds for him. He is too good, too solid, and very consistent. I keep saying the same things about him and I know that. However, this is because he keeps performing with the same consistency.
We do not have a lot of options in our defense, do we? I think Gerrard Pique and Clement Lenglet are going to start in the defense as Center Backs. Roberto is back in the squad as well. However, I want Setien to start Semedo. Let me make myself clear once again. I am not saying that Setien is most probably going to start Semedo. I said that I want that he does. The reason is that Roberto is pretty good as well, and everything. However, I want more youngsters to start representing us now. Semedo is no exception.
Yes, we need seniority at this crucial stage of the season. However, I mentioned above that it is quite obvious that the trophy is pretty much out of our hands. Therefore, Setien must use his younger players more often so that they gain experience, and can provide us certainty for the future. I think Nelson Semedo is a beast performer. He deserves playing time above Sergio Roberto. However, there is a chance that Roberto is going to start just to inject some more experience into this game. The reason is that this game is difficult and we must play carefully.
Jordi Alba is going to start as the Left Back. This is quite an obvious one. However, I was talking about our youngsters playing for us more often. Therefore, I want Junior Firpo to get playing time from now onwards too. Junior is also an exceptional defensive talent. The best part is that our young players such as Fati, Firpo, Puig, and Semedo have great chemistry together. Our playing styles is primarily about keeping the ball to us and keep rotating it by making small passes. This is where player chemistry plays a huge role. Let’s see what happens.
Midfield is the area where Quique Setien has to make the right choices. Let’s just take a look at the options available in the midfield area. We have Busquests, Puig, Vidal, Raki, and Arthur. Now, who to choose? Who to start, and who to sub? I doubt Arthur playing much or any minute of this game. I talked about him in my yesterday’s article. He is no happier in Barcelona. He wishes to leave right away. What makes you think that he is going to play with a lot of zeal for us now? Are you getting my point?
I also think that Setien is also not certain about playing him. Therefore, I think starting Arthur in this game is a big no. Now let’s talk about Vidal. He has not been the greatest in a couple of previous games. Vidal looks out of form. He does not look to be in the right frame of mind, and he is just not performing according to what we require. Therefore, I think Vidal does not deserve to start this game as well. Who are we left with then? Sergio Roberto, Busqi, Raki, and Puig. I think Roberto needs to rest as well.
Yes, you get my point now. The midfield trio of Puig, Busquests, and Rakitic is ideal for me to start this game. I think all three of them have been performing at a great rate lately. Puig has been our best performer overall. He deserves not only to start this game but all of our remaining games. He deserves a spot in the Champions League as well. However, that is a topic for another day. I think Rakitic has been good ever since football came back. Therefore, we must use these players and we are going to be good to go.
Wingers and Striker:
I have some important stuff to discuss here as well. I think Setien must make the right choices in the attack which he has not been doing right lately. Let’s just consider our main options in attack. We have Messi, Suarez, Grizzy, and Fati. Now, who do you think should start? Messi is going to start obviously. His start is obvious, and it is obvious for the right reasons. Look at how much he is consistent for us. He has played all minutes of every game we played since football resumed. Therefore, it shows how much work he is putting in.
There are some rumors and some important news regarding Lionel’s future at FC Barcelona. I am going to cover an article on that right after this one. It is going to come out hopefully after the Villareal Match Review. Now let’s get back to the topic. Setien has to make choices between Fati, Suarez, and Griezmann. I think Setien should leave out Suarez and start the other two instead. I think Ansu Fati needs to start on the Left-wing and Griezmann needs to start as the Center Forward. Suarez needs a break and needs to rest.
I am not saying that Luis Suarez does not deserve any playing time or he should not be in the squad or something. All I am saying is that Luis Suarez must not start this game. He can come in later in the second half or during the dying minutes of the game and create an impact. I think we need to rebuild Girezmann’s confidence. The only way to do that is by giving him playing time. Antoine Griezmann is a great player. Look at how he was in Atletico Madrid and you are going to know what we have.
I think this is going to be a really difficult fixture for us. However, I also think that today is a good day for us. I believe that Setien is going to make the right choices and this is going to be a good game for us. I expect good performances from every player. Furthermore, I think that our team is going to show the desire and hunger for staying alive in the title race. The final verdict from my side is Villareal 1-3 Barcelona.
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