Barcelona visited the Ceramica in search of the three points and ended up taking forward a game that during many stages no one thought they could win. De Jong, Memphis and Coutinho scored the goals that gave Barcelona victory.
Ter Stegen (8): Despite Villarreal’s gale in the first half, he had no work because they did not shoot between sticks. In the second half with the change of roles in the game he had some action of great merit.
Eric García (6): adapting to a new position where no one had ever tried him. Xavi opted for Eric as a right-back after Mingueza’s poor performances. He spent a long time in the game acting as a pivot with Busquets. He saved Barcelona from 2-1 in a clear action from Stupinian.
Araujo (7): one more day the best of the defense. He was the best against Benfica and against Villarreal he was the one who showed his face for the team. Player for many years that Barcelona has found in Ronald.
Pique (5): his hierarchy and his desire with the change of coach are more latent than ever. Barcelona began to suffer and was noticed, he got the team out of trouble to reach the break with 0-0. He was imprecise measuring when coming out to pressure in the Villarreal goal.
Jordi Alba (7): Xavi’s arrival and his return to his best physical level have brought joy back to Barsa’s left lane. The problem is that Barcelona did not leave their field in the first half. As Barcelona had the first dangerous action, where he was able to join the attack, Barsa’s first goal arrived. He ended up injured.
Busquets (6): non-existent in the aid of the ball exit. Villarreal’s pressure completely drowned him. He could only direct the pressure from Barcelona. The second part had nothing to do with it, it could appear at the ball exit and it was very noticeable, it gave a totally different air to the team. Villarreal’s goal came from a ball that he lost to the Trigueros fight.
Gavi (5): non-existent in the first part. He did not shine with the ball. His only role was to be one of the protagonists of the pressure from Barcelona. One more day he was seen more aggressive than the account in some action that could cost him the yellow one.
Nico (5): his role was inconsequential, he did not shine neither in the first nor in the second part. He could only exert his role of bringing pressure together with Gavi and Memphis.
The Young (8): Xavi opted for a very advanced De Jong, playing as a midfielder. But he didn’t shine in the first half. As he started the second he found a goal that the VAR had.
Abde (7): a player who shines for his overflow and his self-confidence spent the entire first half chasing Pedraza. As soon as he could face Barcelona he noticed it, Frenkie’s goal was born from his boots. He left the pitch to make way for Dembélé.
Memphis (7): non-existent in the first half, he had a chance in front of the goalkeeper and wasted it. He touched a Jordi Alba center to make Frenkie’s goal possible. He ended up giving Barcelona the winning goal.
Dembélé (5): his thing is to face, and he had no option half an hour was not enough to see the French attacker shine. He was more dedicated to defending than attacking.
Mingueza (5): He entered due to Jordi Alba’s injury to act in the left lane, he did not stand out.
Coutinho (sc): he scored an inconsequential penalty goal in the final minutes.