27 September 2020 20:43
Koeman has somehow failed his way up the ladder to Barcelona since then, while Emery is in his third match at Villarreal, with a few trophies in France and nearly one another Europa marking his path from there to here. It would have been hard to predict this managerial matchup in this place with these teams four years ago, but that is winding way of the world of football. Paco Alcacer will face his former team today, the first of twice in the next three weeks, and if he can find his way onto the scoresheet we have to like our chances. #BarçaVillarreal pic.twitter.com/SJBFdbFl6y — Villarreal CF (@VillarrealCF) September 27, 2020 Here's YOUR starting XI for the first @LaLigaEN match of the 2020/21 season! pic.twitter.com/omT4VL31a8 — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 27, 2020 I think Coutinho, Fati, Messi represents the three 'attacking mids' in a 4231, with Griezmann as a striker.
The weird thing will be that Messi likes to drift inside, Griezmann likes to drop down, and Coutinho doesn't drift out wide a ton so I think the middle of their attack may up being crowded and convoluted. Hello and welcome to SPORTSTAR's LIVE coverage of the LA Liga match between Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou Stadium. With that, an impressive first half for Barca and a torrid first half for Villarreal comes to an end. Villarreal's outing at the Camp Nou continues to worsen. Coming to the goal, Messi's chips the ball into the box from the left, seeking JORDI ALBA.
Can you guess who won it for Barca and from what flank? If you guessed Fati from the right, you're spot on. Barca's attacking areas so far! 26' Corner for Barca! The rebound falls to Alba at the left byline, who tries to toe the ball from a tight angle past Asenjo.
He sees Fati in space to his left and threads a quick pass. He beats Villarreal's goalkeeper Asenjo with ease to double Barca's advantage. ANSU FATIIIII SCORES THE FIRST BARCA GOAL OF THE SEASON!!! Coming to the goal, Jordi Alba receives an inch-perfect long ball from the back, manages to stay onside and zips down to the left byline. He then cuts it back to an incoming Fati, who opens the boot to slot the ball into the top left corner. ANOTHER STAT: Barcelona has not lost its opening league game at Camp Nou since 1939. Last La Liga win for Villarreal against Barca: March 2008, 2-1 at Camp Nou Barcelona is undefeated in the last 22 league games against Villarreal. First, Barca advance up front through Coutinho on the left. He manges to dribble his way into the box on the left, plays it back to Alba but his poor pass (seeking Busquets) sees Villarreal break on the counter. However, the cross is poorly directed and Barca defenders clear the ball out of harm's way. First of the game and it goes Barca's way. Messi dribbles his way, down the centre, to the edge of the box. He plays a quick through to Alba on the left, whose cutback from the byline is blocked. Nothing comes off the corner. 4' CHANCE FOR VILLARREAL! The latter had enough room to go for a shot, but he decided to play the ball to his left to Moi Gomez. Griezmann is starting on the right, Fati on the left (as expected) and Messi playing a more central role. 1' Villarreal get the ball rolling. -> After a chaotic, controversial and nerve-wracking off season, La Liga giant Barcelona is back. -> Lionel Messi's Barcelona, under its new coach Ronald Koeman, hosts Villarreal. Will Barcelona start the new season on a winnning note? Starting XIs have been announced: Barcelona: Neto, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Busquets, Coutinho, Messi, Fati, Griezmann Villarreal: Asenjo, Gaspar, Raul Albiol, Pau, Parejo, Gerard, Chukwueze, Alcacer, Moi Gomez, Estupinan, Coquelin Messi upset, but still motivated after Suarez departure Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said he understood why Lionel Messi was upset about the departure of his long-time strike partner and friend Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid but did not believe it would affect him on the pitch. Messi blasted Barca on Friday for forcing Suarez out after six years of service in which he scored 198 goals, the Argentinean's latest attack on the club's hierarchy after he tried to force a move of his own last month. "It's normal that he is sad after his friend has left the club, they spent many years side by side. But the important thing is he's training and playing," Koeman told a news conference before Barca's season opener at home to Villarreal on Sunday. Koeman called Suarez within his first week of taking the Barca job to tell him he was surplus to requirements and he admitted taking a joint decision with president Josep Maria Bartomeu to move the Uruguayan on. "It seems like I'm the bad guy in all of this but I am not, I showed him respect," added the Dutchman, who is one of Barca's best players of all-time and who delivered the club's first European Cup with a goal in the 1992 final against Sampdoria. "There are lots of young players who have a chance to get into the team and this is part of football. He has left and I wish him a lot of luck," he said. Barcelona: Neto, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Busquets, Coutinho, Messi, Fati, Griezmann Villarreal: Asenjo, Gaspar, Funes Mori, Torres, Estupinan, Chukwueze, Coquelin, Parejo, Moi Gomez, Moreno, Alcacer Barcelona will hope to put their summer crisis behind them as they embark upon a new season under Ronald Koeman who takes charge of the Spanish side for the first time. The Dutchman was appointed following a summer that saw Barca lose out in LaLiga title race as well as suffer an 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, leading to the sacking of Quique Setien as manager. Key man Lionel Messi had also looked to leave the club but he starts on Sunday night for the 8pm BST kick-off against Villarreal at the Nou Camp. Italian champions Juventus will be visiting Rome on Sunday to play against AS Roma in a Serie A 2020-2021 match. The match will be played at the Studio Olimpico, Roma's homeground. Both the teams have only played one match till now in the league. Roma has been on the losing side while Juventus has been on the winning side. Roma lost the match against Verona last week. Juventus, under new coach Andrea Pirlo, have started the title defence on a good note with a victory against Sampdoria. Serie A 2020-21 Roma vs Juventus: Team News, Injury Update Juventus will be without Matthijs de Ligt, Federico Bernardeschi for this match at least. Serie A 2020-21 Roma possible starting lineup against Juventus: Mirante; Mancini, Ibanez, Kumbulla; Karsdorp, Veretout, Pellegrini, Spinazzola; Mkhitaryan, Pedro; Dzeko Serie A 2020-21 Juventus possible starting lineup vs Roma: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini; Cuadrado, McKennie, Rabiot, Frabotta; Ramsey; Kulusevski, Ronaldo Where to watch the Serie A 2020-21 Roma vs Juventus match live in India (TV channels)? Roma will be hosting Juventus in the Monday fixture of Serie A 2020-21 at 12.15 am on September 28. How and where to watch the online Serie A 2020-21 Roma vs Juventus match live streaming? Live streaming for the Roma vs Juventus match will be available on Sony LIV for people in India. With a maelstrom of rumors, hearsay and controversy plaguing them off the pitch, Roma now face the herculean task of defeating Juventus, Serie A's nine-time defending champs.