Villarreal set out a tough match with a great back line and tried to equalize the match without fortune
Carles Aleñá came in for the last 20 minutes and showed why Ernesto Valverde should trust in him instead of signing any player during the winter window. He apported calm and a great touch of the ball and when it seemed that Villarreal could press for the equalize in the last minutes, he scored the 2-0 for FCBarcelona. He gave the ball to Messi and ran through the pentaly area, where he received a magic pass from Leo Messi and he beat Sergio Asenjo with a better lobbed finish.
The win also returned confidence to the team because they kept goalness. During the first half, Barça attacked particularly with Ousmane Dembélé, who showed his skills and turned mad his defensor. Also Leo Messi was very active in the forward, he tried from two free-kicks but Asenjo denied them. However, Villarreal also tried how Ter Stegen reacted with Gerard Moreno and Samu Chukwueze shots. After 30 minutes, it was Dembélé who did a hanging cross to Gerard Piqué. The center back gave Barça the lead with a great heading.
However, Barcelona showed that the team is not in they best moment in the secong hald. Villarreal commanded the match and Barça were waiting for a chance in the counter attack, where Dembélé was comfortable running with spaces. In one of these, it was when Messi assisted Aleñá for the 2-0 and ensure the win.