Barcelona 4-0 Villarreal: Player Ratings as Ronald Koeman's Barça Reign Gets Underway

Sep 28, 2020, 11:30 AM GMT+1
Anssumane Fati
Ansu Fati stole the show on Sunday night | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

A turbulent summer behind them, Barcelona kicked off the Ronald Koeman era with a 4-0 victory over Villarreal on Sunday.

The damage was done in the first half, with Barça going into the break with their four-goal advantage courtesy of a brace from Ansu Fati, a Lionel Messi penalty and an own goal from Pau Torres.

Whilst Fati undoubtedly stole the show at the Nou Camp, the sight of Messi in Barça colours will be a delight to the Barcelona faithful, after all that has gone on.

Let's take a look at the player ratings from the clash.

FC Barcelona

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Norberto Murara Neto
Neto replaced ter Stegen due to injury | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Neto (GK) - 7/10 - It was a quiet night for the Brazilian who was called up to replace the injured Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Sergi Roberto (RB) - 7/10 - Another solid performance from the Spaniard going forward. However, Roberto wasn't really tested defensively.

Gerard Pique (CB) - 8/10 - After some doubts over his ability following the back end of last season, it was a dominant display from Pique that proved he has still very much got it.

Clement Lenglet (CB) - 7/10 - The Frenchman played his part in the opening goal, starting the move from which Fati scored.

Jordi Alba (LB) - 8/10 - A fine performance up and down the left flank. Alba worked well with Coutinho and Fati on the left side, assisting the first goal.

2. Midfielders

Dani Parejo, Frenkie de Jong
A 4-2-3-1 system saw new roles for midfield players | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Sergio Busquets (CM) - 7/10 - A new role for the veteran Spaniard under Koeman saw him playing slightly more advanced than his midfield partner Frenkie de Jong, and it was a solid partnership.

Frenkie De Jong (CM) - 7/10 - A comfortable performance from the Dutchman, who looked to move the ball forward from deeper positions.

Philippe Coutinho (CAM) - 8/10 - After speculation over his future during the summer, the Brazilian responded with an assist in his 'number 10' role in a system which suited his talents.

3. Forwards

Lionel Messi
Messi is off the mark already in the new campaign | David Ramos/Getty Images

Antoine Griezmann (RW) - 7/10 - Tracking back along the right flank, retaining possession and getting involved in tackles, it perhaps wasn't a complete attacking performance, but Griezmann worked hard for Barça.

Ansu Fati (LM) - 9/10 - The star performer. Fati bagged a brace while also winning the penalty which Messi converted. The 17-year-old is arguably the world's most exciting teenager right now.

Lionel Messi (ST) - 8/10 -
A sight Barcelona fans probably feared they wouldn't see again. Messi remains a Barça player after a turbulent summer, and rolled in a penalty for his first goal of the season.

4. Substitutes

Ronald Koeman
A first competitive win in the Barça dugout for Koeman | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Ousmane Dembele - 6/10

Pedri - 6/10

Trincao - 7/10

Miralem Pjanic - 6/10


5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Villarreal CF v SD Huesca - La Liga Santander
Asenjo had a busy evening between the sticks | Pablo Morano/MB Media/Getty Images

Sergio Asenjo (GK) - 7/10 - Despite conceding four goals, Asenjo did pull off an abundance of fine saves to stop Barcelona from further enhancing their goal difference.

Mario Gaspar (RB) - 5/10 - Arguably at fault for Fati's brace and the penalty decision, Gaspar had a torrid time dealing with the young winger.

Raul Albiol (CB) - 5/10 - The 35-year-old just looked off the pace along with the rest of the backline, struggling to contain Barça's attackers.

Pau Torres (CB) - 5/10 - Scored an own goal which gave FC Barcelona their fourth of the game as Messi's cross cannoned off Torres and into the net.

Pervis Estupinan (LB) - 6/10 - The summer signing from Watford tried to get up the pitch and make things happen, but was met by an aggressive Griezmann.

6. Midfielders

Parejo was Villarreal's best performer in midfield
Parejo was Villarreal's best performer in midfield | JOSEP LAGO/Getty Images

Samuel Chukwueze (RM) - 5/10 - A tough evening for the winger who struggled to make things happen against an indefatigable Alba.

Dani Parejo (CM) - 6/10 - Always looking to break up possession in the midfield and stop Barça's attackers, but Parejo was simply overwhelmed.

Francis Coquelin (CM) - 4/10 - A debut to forget. The defensive midfielder was outclassed by Barça's attacking quality and was subbed for the second half.

Moi Gomez (LM) - 5/10 - Struggled to get forward and cause any threat, meaning Roberto had a quiet evening defensively at right-back for Barça.

7. Forwards

Paco Alcacer
Former Barça striker Paco Alcacer didn't enjoy his Nou Camp return | BSR Agency/Getty Images

Gerard Moreno (ST) - 5/10 - The striker had one of Villarreal's five shots during the game, and it wasn't on target.

Paco Alcacer (ST) - 5/10 - Most of his game was hold-up play to bring others into possession. Alcacer didn't register a shot at goal and was also pulled off for the second half with the score at 4-0.

8. Substitutes

Unai Emery
It was an unhappy return to La Liga for Emery | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Manu Trigueros - 6/10

Vicente Iborra - 6/10

Takefusa Kubo - 6/10

Ramiro Funes Mori - N/A

Carlos Bacca - N/A