La Liga 18-19: Villarreal 4-4 Barcelona; 5 players who were brilliant for Barcelona in their comeback
- Villarreal vs Barcelona: 5 Men who were brilliant for Barcelona
#4 Phillipe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho has been criticised for much of the season by the Barcelona fans as he hasn't been up to the mark and very inconsistent with his performances. To be fair, it wasn't one of Coutinho's vintage displays against Villarreal, but it was good performance relatively, considering his recent form.
He opened the scoring for Barcelona after he tapped in Malcom's cross. Coutinho was at the right place at the right time for Barcelona's opener and he looked very lively for the start of the game, but he faded away as the match went on and was substituted for Messi around the 60th-minute mark.
#3 Lionel Messi
The little Argentine didn't start this game and he was brought for Coutinho for the last 30 minutes. Messi did what he has been doing all season for Barcelona as he instigated the late comeback by the Blaugrana scoring the third goal for Ernesto Valverde's men.
It was another free-kick goal as he has been making it a habit of scoring from set-pieces. This goal takes Messi's tally to 32 goals in the La Liga with nobody close to him in the race for the Golden Shoe. Messi has been absolutely brilliant for Barcelona this season and he would be looking forward to the match against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.Published 03 Apr 2019, 07:05 IST