Barcelona vs Villarreal, LIVE: Messi helps start Barca's LaLiga season

LIVE: Barcelona vs Villarreal – Ronald Koeman takes charge for first time as Lionel Messi and Co get their LaLiga campaign underway at the Nou Camp

  • Barcelona get their new season in the Spanish top flight underway
  • Ronald Koeman takes charge of the Spanish side for the first time
  • LaLiga clash from the Nou Camp gets underway from 8pm BSTĀ 

Barcelona will hope to put their summer crisis behind them as they embark upon a new season under Ronald Koeman who takes charge of the Spanish side for the first time.

The Dutchman was appointed following a summer that saw Barca lose out in LaLiga title race as well as suffer an 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, leading to the sacking of Quique Setien as manager.

Key man Lionel Messi had also looked to leave the club but he starts on Sunday night for the 8pm BST kick-off against Villarreal at the Nou Camp. Follow all the action as it happens.

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The conclusion to last season was hugely frustrating for Barcelona as they ended the campaign without a trophy and were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Koeman faces a tough task in attempting to improve Barcelona’s fortunes. Coutinho’s return, though, could be a major boost. 

While Barcelona are playing their first league game of the season, this is Villarreal’s third fixture. They have four points so far.

Unai Emery can call upon the likes of Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer. 

Villarreal: Asenjo; Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Chukwueze, Parejo, Coquelin, Gomez; Moreno, Alcacer.

Subs: Bacca, Baena, Trigueros, Funes Mori, Rulli, Cabrera, Jaume Costa, Kubo, Iborra

Ronald Koeman has named his first official starting lineup as Barcelona manager.

Philippe Coutinho, back from his loan spell at Bayern Munich, is involved from the outset, as is Ansu Fati, who has been officially promoted to the first-team squad.

Lionel Messi, of course, also starts after he ended up staying at the club.

Neto is in goal, with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen out injured. 

Barcelona: Neto; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Coutinho, Fati; Griezmann

Subs: Pena, Rafinha, Araujo, Dembele, Pjanic, Tenas, Ramos, Firpo, Puig, Alena, Trincao, Pedri. 

Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of Barcelona versus Villarreal. We’ll be providing you with all the build-up and updates from the clash at the Nou Camp, which kicks off at 8pm.

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