The world of football has long revolved around Messi.
Now it is Messi who is looking for his place in the world of football from a forced site such as the Camp Nou.
He has a year to see if he should continue at Barça.
Koeman will undoubtedly await the captain's decision while assembling a team that had no doubts in its LaLiga debut.
He played for Barça with surprising passion, intensity and joy and, at the same time, recognizable in Ansu Fati.
The blast from the Barça forward resounded in the Mercè pyromusical.
The ball does not wait, not even for Messi, and Ansu Fati travels at the speed of light, electric and accurate, the scorer par excellence on a day when Barcelona's goals from Luis Suárez and Rakitic hurt.
Ansu Fati is a youth who traveled camouflaged in an aging team that was settled in Lisbon.
Koeman has given him starting stripes in an attack with Messi, Coutinho and Griezmann and the nationalized Spanish striker celebrated the news with a stellar performance against Villarreal.
Even Messi seemed scared by Ansu Fati's outbreak.
On the 10th he got hooked little by little to the function and rounded off the exciting debut for Barcelona.
BarcelonaNeto, Sergi Roberto, Clement Lenglet, Alba, Piqué, Griezmann (Trincão, min. 77), Ansu Fati (Ousmane Dembélé, min. 69), Coutinho (Pedri, min. 69), Busquets (Pjanić, min. 77), Frenkie De Jong and MessiVillarrealAsenjo, Mario, Pervis Estupiñán, Albiol (Ramiro Funes Mori, min. 83), Pau Francisco Torres, Samuel Chukwueze (Takefusa Kubo, min. 73), Coquelin (Trigueros, min. 45), Moi Gómez, Parejo , Gerard Moreno (Bacca, min. 83) and Alcácer (Iborra, min. 45)
14: Ansu Fati.
18: Ansu Fati.
45: Pau Francisco Torres (pp).
Referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernández Yellow cards Gerard Moreno (min. 82)
In the absence of new players, Koeman tries to break the old routines with decisions that affect the structure of the team and its behavior on the pitch: the 4-2-3-1 has replaced the 4-3-3, the attack plan is more dynamic and varied and no one is exempted from defending, except for Messi, now protected as a false 9. The coach does not want anyone standing or passive, he asks for rhythm and the players at the moment run or even to scare away the 2-8 of Bayern.
Finishing and overflow
The Catalans push a lot to intimidate and also hide the shortcomings of a squad that has only played three preseason games before appearing in LaLiga.
Villarreal felt very demanded from the moment he served from the center and could not finish an excellent play started by Gerard Moreno.
The Barcelona fans anticipated and deepened with De Jong and Coutinho and left their area quickly and cleanly from the foot of Lenglet.
Open the field, the career and the definition of Ansu Fati have no antidote and, instead, they ask for teammates to associate like Messi.
The 17-year-old forward anticipated the Argentine to finish off Alba's classic assist and five minutes later he finished a driving and opening by Coutinho.
The irruption of Ansu Fati was overwhelming in the silent Camp Nou.
The vertiginous and direct football of the Catalans demanded a finisher who did not blink like Ansu.
Infallible as a finisher, the striker was unbalanced in driving and overflowing, knocked down by the foot of Mario Gaspar.
Messi appeared to shoot the penalty and make it 3-0 to the astonishment of Villarreal.
Although the captain still lacks spark, he maintains his hierarchy and is equally respected by his teammates and also by opponents, as was appreciated in the 4-0.
Messi put a ball in the small area in search of Busquets and Pau Torres put his foot to surprise Asenjo.
The game was so sentenced to rest that Emery opted for some conservative changes to try to fight Barça.
The Camp Nou was never good for the Basque and Villarreal have not added more than one point in their last eleven visits to Barcelona.
Koeman, on the other hand, protected Ansu Fati and shook the bench with spirited players such as Dembélé, Pedri and Trincão.
Even the substitutes have a different air at Barça.
The movements and technical gestures of Pedri and Trincao are very interesting, typical of different players, always ready to influence the difficult and simple games like Villarreal.
The delicate actions of the refreshment players adorned the excellent match completed by the headlines arranged by Koeman from the Gamper.
The coach is not so interested in possession as in verticality, energy, speed, the exchange of positions and the shot, the specialty on which Messi focused.
On the 10th he kicked and watched as the team did not stop spinning around him at Koeman's smile.
On the run, Ansu Fati was so irrepressible that at times he seemed to play as if he didn't need Messi until Messi teamed up with Ansu Fati.