Villarreal will perform guard of honour for Barcelona — Calleja

Villarreal will perform guard of honour for Barcelona — Calleja

The Castellon outfit are in good form having won their last three matches on the spin to cement their place in the top six. The record was previously set by Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Injuries haven't helped, and neither has the idea that the club bought him as a panic signing because Neymar went to PSG, without the longer term planning over what he'd actually do in the team.

The Croatian coasted past two defenders down the right wing, knocking the ball past one and through the legs of the other, before laying on the pass for the Frenchman to score. In midfield, Andres Iniesta is likely to be rested as he showed some knock on effects of the calf injury he braved during the El Clasico.

Star man, Lionel Messi sent the game home for Barca as he netted the third for the Catalan outfit. He is slight and weighs only 67 kilograms, but this means he is lightning quick and full of tricks. He is expected to be match fit for the UEFA Champions League Final against Liverpool however.

Barcelona's first-team stars paid tribute to their mothers before Wednesday's win over Villarreal at the Nou Camp. But this was a demonstration of what Dembele can offer Barca. Subs - Mina 4, Suarez 5, Rakitic 6.

Villarreal potential starting XI: Asenjo, Rukavina, Ruiz, A. Gonzalez, Gaspar, Cheryshev, Trigueros, Castillejo, Hernandez, Bacca, Raba. Sergio Asenjo pushed the shot into the path of Coutinho to tap in. The keeper spilled it allowing Coutinho to fire high into the net on the rebound. He created that goal for the hosts. Truly amazing goal from Messi.

54' GOAL! Barcelona 3-1 Villarreal: The away side have a goal back!

It just took Barca 11 minutes to move ahead, with Dembele the founder.

There is a refreshing directness about Dembele and his desire to run at opponents.

Cillessen denied Jaume Costa with his feet at the near post following a slip from defender Nelson Semedo, as Villarreal offered some threat.

"We carry on with the intention of winning the games we have left and staying competitive", he told a press conference ahead of Wednesday's visit of Villarreal, live on Sky Sports Football. Incredible goal from Demebele.

Barca have won the last six at home against this opponent, and haven't lost to them home or away, in all competitions, in 10 years.

FC Barcelona´s Sergio Busquets (L), heads for the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, SpainReal Madrid's Kovacic (R), and Sevilla's Escudero, fight for the ball during La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and Real Madrid at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, in Seville, Spain.

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