It is not enough for everything. Villarreal has fallen to a Barça that arrived at the meeting this afternoon, probably more motivated. It is true that the Groguets are playing their direct entry into the Europa League, but the other open front in Europe has given the feeling that it is distracting. It is unavoidable. The Groguets have arrived alive until the last minutes, but the points fly and now there is nothing left but to pull on resilience and focus on the semifinal against Arsenal.
The first few minutes have been a manual for what is now called a high block. Both teams have opted to pair up one by one, especially Villarreal, excluding only the rival goalkeepers from the pressure and there the first decisive difference has begun to forge because Barcelona has a goalkeeper who puts it long where he wants. Emery’s team at times has forced Koeman’s team to maneuver in his own area, but the problem has been that he has only achieved it effectively in the first minutes since as soon as Barça has managed to overcome the first line of pressure grogueta It has started to create problems for the Submarine.
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Despite this, the game has turned the game face to face for the Groguets when after Asenjo made an implausible stop against De Jong to avoid the 0-1, Chukwueze has found space behind the Barça defense after a start of Pau’s elegant and effective play in which the center-back sent a deep pass to the Nigerian. Jordi Alba slipped and Samu, masterfully, heeled to his left enough to dribble Ter Stegen and make it 1-0.
But it is already known that football on many occasions is a game of moments and Villarreal has barely been able to maintain the advantage that, one moment, since the Blaugranas have tied with a subtle Griezmann vaseline just a minute later (1-1) . The game had been broken in half an hour and in troubled river the gain was for the visitors who took the lead before the break after Griezmann again took advantage of an erroneous transfer from Foyth that left him alone against Asenjo (1-2) .
The Blaugranas goals in the first period have been decisive for their real value and also for their spirits. Villarreal, with a European semi-final just around the corner, have seen how not even having a point of fortune has been enough to settle on the advantage. If to that you add that in the resumption Ter Stegen has taken a good chance from Capoue with his feet and Manu Trigueros has been immediately expelled for a squad against Messi as ugly as it is fortuitous, the result is that Barça has left La Ceramic winner still depending on himself to be LaLiga champion despite his disadvantage and Villarreal, meanwhile, loses a point compared to sixth … although from now on the mind can only be on Arsenal. There will be time after thinking about the sixth place.