The time has come: Ronald Koeman will experience his official baptism of fire as coach of FC Barcelona on Sunday evening. Villarreal is the first opponent of the Catalan superpower in the new La Liga season. You won’t miss a thing at all at this place!
That Barcelona has had a troubled summer is an understatement: Quique Setién was fired after the Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich and replaced by Koeman, who is burdened with the task of making Camp Nou smile again.
The short preparation for the new season went well in terms of results. Successively Nástic (3-1), Girona (3-1) and Elche (1-0) were won, with Lionel Messi as the best player. Frenkie de Jong played in all three games and has a starting place in Koeman’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
Villarreal is the first opponent in the new La Liga season, which has already been three rounds of play. Of the 33 mutual matches, Barça was the best 21 times, Villarreal won three times and the game ended in a draw seven times.
The squatter at Camp Nou starts at 9 p.m. In the live blog below you can stay informed of all developments!