Barcelona Vs Villarreal: Messi and Co. will look to start the season with a win

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Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona against Villarreal
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Barcelona will kick off the New season with a home game against Villarreal. Lionel Messi and company will face newly revamped Villarreal side in La Liga opener.

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Barcelona will look for a winning start

Catalan side will begin the La Liga campaign against newly rebuild Villarreal side. Although with all the series of events happened during the past last month, Barca will be looking for a fresh start. Barcelona under the new leadership of Manager Ronald Koeman will be looking to start off the season with a win. With Lionel Messi honoring his contract at Barcelona, Catalan side will be looking to benefit from the stay of Argentine. Barca have continuously won the opening game of the La Liga since their treble winning season.

Is Ronald Koeman Right man to lead Barca?

After appointing Ronald Koeman as the New Barcelona Manager, Catalan side have made some revamp in the squad on and off the field. Koeman has short listed some of the players he wants to get rid off. Ronald Koeman has been blatant in his decision making and has told the board to get his requirements fulfilled. Ronald Koeman has shown door to the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal failing to impress new manager. Koeman has also told Uruguayan striker Luiz Suarez that he does not see him part of the squad for the upcoming season. However Dutch coach has come under Radar after he left La Masia graduate Riqui Puig out of the squad for the Joan Gamper Trophy.

Newly Revamped Villarreal will look to upset Barca

Villarreal have rebuild their side with appointing Unai Emery as manager at the helm. Unai Emery will be looking to start his career with a win over Barcelona. However Emery’s record against Barcelona has been poor losing all the matches he has faced them. Unai Emery record for Seville speaks for itself with Spaniard winning Europa League for consecutive three times. After a rough spell at Paris Saint Germain and Arsenal Unai will be looking to get back and prove his worth. Villarreal have signed Daniel Parejo and Francis Coquelin from Valencia to add variety in the midfield. Villarreal head to head result against Barcelona has been poor losing 4 out of 5 matches.

Barcelona handed tough fixtures to start the season

Barcelona face tough fixtures to start the new season in La Liga. Firstly, Catalan side will face Villarreal in the season opener at camp Nou. Thereafter, Barcelona will travel to Abanca-Balaidos stadium to face Celta Vigo away from home. Subsequently, they will face Sevilla and Getafe before facing Real Madrid in the El clasico. Barcelona’s result in the opening few matches will decide how the season will pan out for them. On the contrary, their arch rivals Real Madrid have easy fixtures to start off the La Liga campaign. However, Real Madrid have played out draw against Real Sociedad in the La Liga opener. Barcelona will be looking to take advantage of this draw to take lead early in the tournament.

Barcelona looking for players in the transfer window to rebuild the squad

Newly appointed Manager Ronald Koeman is looking to rebuild the squad after departure of key players such as Vidal and Rakitic. Koeman has handed the list of players he wants in the squad to the Barca board. Barcelona are linked to Dutch forward Memphis Depay after Luiz Suarez has been discarded by Koeman. Also the departure of Rakitic has created a void in the midfield. Barcelona are in touch with Liverpool and Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum. With possible transfer of right back Nelson Semedo to Wolves, Catalan side are in touch with Ajax player Sergino Dest.

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