Barcelona achieved an important victory in one of the most complicated trips that remained until the end of the season, which allows them to continue depending on themselves and reaches the Real Madrid in the standings, although the Catalans have played one less game. The great protagonist of the meeting was Antoine Griezmann, who scored both goals for his team. The first of an extraordinary beauty when beating Asenjo one minute after Chukwueze opened the scoring, and the second by taking advantage of an unfortunate mistake by Foyth, who gave the ball to his goalkeeper without realizing that the Frenchman was on the prowl. There are now three consecutive games in which Griezmann has scored, with 11 goals in the league.
«The key has been not to fall apart when Villarreal scored the first goal. We responded quickly but before we had already missed some clear chances. You have to score a goal first, before your rival, to have a calmer game, “reflected Griezmann. The Frenchman assured that he feels comfortable despite not being the undisputed starter: “I try to be among the centrals, ask for space. Not my natural positionBut it is a pride to be at Barça and to be able to play with these teammates. I work for the team and I am very comfortable ». Griezmann aligned himself with his coach by ensuring that there is no clear favorite to win the League: «We all want to win the League. There are four teams and we will try to win all the games that remain. It is the only way to be champions. It won’t be easy but we have the team to do it. ” The forward added: “The favorite is always the one ahead. Atlético are having an incredible season, they are ahead in the standings but we have it in our hands and we will fight to win all the games that we have left to play ».
Also Sergi Roberto highlighted the importance of the victory at La Cerámica, one of the most complicated stadiums for Barcelona. “Every game we win will be a step forward in the pursuit of our goal, which is to win the League. If we win all the games we can get itWe are very happy, ”explained the full-back, who played his 300th game with the Barcelona shirt. «We have had very clear chances. The key has been to respond very quickly to the goal they have scored for us. We have managed to overcome and we have had peace of mind by going to rest with an advantage, “said the Catalan, who did not hide the difficulties they encountered:” With one more we should have had more facilities, make long transitions, but the Villarreal It is a team that plays very well and we are very happy for this victory.
Koeman He tried to remain prudent but did not hide his satisfaction with the work his team did against Villarreal: «We had enough depth in attack. We analyze the rival well, he has his defense very advanced and it was difficult for us to enter the game but our reaction was important after the goal. It may be that we lacked more freshness in the last 20 minutes to sentence the game. We have been good, serious, and they are three very important points ». And he added: «The League is closer. We have had a history of many victories and we know that if we win the next six victories we will be champions but we will find many difficulties, we have a game against Atlético de Madrid, but we are on the right track ». The Dutchman took the opportunity to praise Griezmann: «I have always been delighted with Antoine’s work. It had to improve its effectiveness and now it is doing it. We need players like him.