Villarreal vs. Barcelona – Spanish La Liga review (Part 2)

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  • Villarreal vs. Barcelona – Spanish La Liga review (Part 2)

Villarreal vs. Barcelona – Spanish La Liga review (Part 2)

The Brazilian fullback Adriano performed his role on the left. Barcelona’s first-choice right back Daniel Alves took his position on the right flank. The Spanish youngster Sergio Busquets took the centre back role and partnered himself up with Gerard Pique. It was yet another night in which Barcelona were relying on Sergio Busquets in the centre back position. Despite the fact that Busquets is actually a holding midfielder, he was played in the centre back role to replace Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal.

In the midfield, the Argentinean captain Javier Mascherano replaced Sergio Busquets. Just like the usual games in which Xavi Hernandez doesn’t perform, Seydou Keita took Xavi’s role in the midfield. Partnering up with Keita in the midfield was the young Spaniard Thiago Alcantara, who took his left attacking midfield position on the pitch. Keita and Alcantara dominated the midfield in terms of keeping the possession of the ball.

Up front, things were totally different for Barcelona. With Pedro Rodriguez out because of an injury and with Lionel Messi sitting on the bench, Josep Guardiola decided to play one new striker. The Catalan coach moved Andres Iniesta up the left flank and played him as a left winger. The Dutch youngster Ibrahim Afellay performed his role on the right wing and David Villa took his favourite centre forward role.

On the other hand, Villarreal played their full squad. The coach Juan Carlos Garrido played Diego Lopez between the two stick. Catala, Mateo Musacchio, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Mario Gasper helped Diego Lopez in the defence.

In the midfield, Borja Valero Iglesias was being assisted by Carlos Marchena. On the wings it was Bruno Soriano Llido and Santiago Cazorla Gonzales. Up front Giuseppe Rossi joined teams with Marco Ruben as the Brazilian striker Nilmar did not feature in the first team.

Right before the first half break, Barcelona showed Villarreal why they are sitting at the top of the table. The Spanish Champions created the first real opportunity of the game for themselves. The Spanish goal scoring machine David Villa leaped onto a loose ball. Villa flicked it long so he can take a shot on goal but Catala recovered well for Villarreal and shot the ball clear and allowed Barcelona to take a corner. The corner was taken well by Andres Iniesta who inch-perfectly delivered it to David Villa. However, the Spanish striker’s headed effort could only find the safe hands of Diego Lopez standing guard between the two poles.

With the second half starting off in the home ground of Villarreal, Josep Guardiola seemed to be frustrated as his side were unable to make themselves count up front. The Catalan coach decided to change things round and Lionel Messi was seen warming up on the touchline.

The Argentinean maestro was substituted during the 52nd minute of the game. It was Seydou Keita who came off as Lionel Messi made his way onto the pitch. With Keita coming off, Ibrahim Afellay moved on the left wing position and Andres Iniesta moved back to his left attacking mid role. Thiago Alcantara took Xavi Hernandez’s role in the centre midfield as Lionel Messi took his position on the right wing and David Villa stuck to the centre forward position.


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