After riding a 2–0 lead into the intermission, Barça let Villarreal creep back into the game and even handed them a gift in the form a 63rd-minute own-goal that tied the score, sending both teams into a two-week La Liga hiatus with a single point that will have to make do.
Dybala has long been linked with a move to Barca, even after his mega switch to Juve last summer, and he was not afraid of repeating his admiration for the Champions League holders as he was also full of praise for Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Luis Enrique hates it when he’s right. The FC Barcelona manager told the media on Saturday Villarreal were one of the best teams in the league and were going to be tough to beat.
Ivan Rakitic, whose goal 20th minute gave Barça a 1–0 lead over Villarreal on Sunday, highlighted the intensity of the match, which came "after a difficult mid-week game [against Arsenal]."
A new international break is upon us, and the Easter holidays too. It means that after dealing with an extraordinarily hectic fixture list, there is time for a break. On four days this week, the players not away with their national teams will be getting a much-deserved day off, ready to come back fresh and rested in time for the Clásico at the Camp Nou on April 2.
As many as 18 first team members are called up to represent their respective nations