What more can be said about Barcelona that hasn't already been said? With three out of four members of their first choice back line out, as well as key backup Adriano, the Blaugranes have shifted to a 3-4-3 formation that essentially includes 10 players who are either normally midfielders or playing like midfielders today. It's worked wonders so far as they've barely given Villarreal a sniff in the first half. At halftime, they lead by a score of 2-0.
Thiago Alcantara scored the opening goal, with Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas combining for another fantastic goal just before the stroke of halftime. The first one was mostly an individual effort, with Thiago running through traffic before hitting a great left-footed strike from just inside the penalty area. The second was a classic Barcelona team goal, with Messi threading a perfect through ball to Cesc, who rounded the keeper before scoring with a tap-in.
Unless Juan Carlos Garrido has a magical masterplan to beat a system he and no one else has ever seen before, Villarreal are not going to be back into this match.