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Three things we learned from Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal

The champions returned to winning ways at the Camp Nou

Barcelona V Villarreal Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Barcelona better at home but still no clean sheet

Tuesday’s match against Villarreal saw another home game for Barcelona, another three points and a happy 62nd birthday for the Camp Nou.

After the defeat at the weekend the result was all that mattered, and early goals from Antoine Griezmann and a rocket from Arthur sent Barcelona on their way.

Yet it was not all good news for the hosts. Lionel Messi’s injury marred the win, while Santi Cazorla’s strike meant that Barcelona still haven’t kept a clean sheet in La Liga this season.

FC Barcelona v Villarreal CF - La Liga Photo by Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images

Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen might have done a bit better with the Spaniard’s swerving strike, but the 34-year-old wasn’t closed down and was allowed far too much time and space to go for goal.

Barcelona have now scored 12 goals in three outings at home but have still conceded five, and the next team to visit are Inter Milan in the Champions League.

Junior Firpo bounces back from dismal debut

Junior Firpo gave away a goal against Granada on Satuday on his full debut and was hooked at half-time but was back in from the start against Villarreal.

The 23-year-old could have been forgiven for showing a few nerves second time around but produced a much-improved display that will have everyone feeling a whole lot better.

FC Barcelona v Villarreal CF - La Liga Photo by Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images

An early overlapping run that earned a corner seemed to give him confidence, and this time around there were no mistakes in a positive showing from the youngster.

It was a tough test too after his last outing and up against the threat of Samuel Chukwueze, but this was a performance that Junior badly needed and should help him settle.

Ansu outshines struggling Suarez

Another poor performance from Luis Suarez saw the Uruguayan whistled by a section of supporters when he was replaced by Ansu Fati on 78 minutes.

It had been another tough night for the 32-year-old. Suarez was slow, his touch was lacking again and his passing was poor. He did not look at all surprised when his number came up.

Ansu’s introduction gave the crowd a lift, and there’s no doubt he made an impact during his short time on the pitch.


He curled an effort just wide of the far post, saw a penalty appeal turned down and won a free-kick just outside the penalty area in the closing minutes.

Villarreal coach Javier Calleja was impressed with the youngster’s brief cameo. He said: “Ansu Fati has amazed me, He has done everything right. His qualities are huge and the responsibility does not weight him down. It’s a joy to watch him play.”

Ansu may only be 16 but he is pushing for more minutes in the Barcelona attack. Suarez’s poor form and concerns over Messi’s fitness means he may get them against Getafe.

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