Tomas Pina was the Villarreal player who gave a press conference in the mixed zone after yesterday's match and pretty much pointed out the obvious. Villarreal were able to play decently in the fist half and Barca didn't have many chances, but "Barcelona can make you pay dearly for any chances you give them". Which is exactly what happened with the first goal.
Pina felt the overall result flattered Barca a bit inasmuch as the overall difference in the teams was not that great, and I'd agree, also agree with is comment that you "turn the page and move on".
For me, this clearly was a match where our only real chance to get something out of it was to get the first goal, because with a makeshift centerback pairing, it was going to be difficult to hold out for 90 minutes without allowing anything. Barca turned up the pressure and quality in the second half, and as one of our commenters noted, while our 4-5-1 worked reasonably well, once we went to 4-4-2, we were overrun in midfield.
So, a couple of items for discussion:
(1) Pina-- he gets slated a lot, but hard to argue that he gave us something we lacked, once he went out.
(2) The two Samus: we sent Moi and Espinosa out on loan. Moi has played little for Getafe (hasn't started), Espinosa has been a regular for second-division Elche so far. We spent big € on the two "Samus"-- they have made some impact, but erratic. Is it just a question of settling in (remember Samu C has been called up for the Spanish U-21 squad each of the international breaks, including this one)?
(3) Cheryshev--yes, he is hardly playing at Madrid, but do we have any chance at getting him? Seems as though Florentino Pérez wants to sell him for big money, maybe to an EPL club. I thought our best chance at getting him was this summer, and when they said no, well....