The match to be played at Camp Nou will be Barcelona’s first in LaLiga this season, while Villarreal have already played two. Looking ahead to Sunday’s meeting, Emery chose the possible threats facing Villarreal, including Lionel Messi.

Messi is the player who always causes problems

Unai Emery has no illusions about how hard Sunday’s match against Barcelona will be for his Villarreal side. The match to be played at Camp Nou will be Barcelona’s first in LaLiga this season, while Villarreal have already played two. Looking ahead to Sunday’s meeting, Emery chose the possible threats facing Villarreal, including Lionel Messi. “Messi is going to have his serve connections and his chances to score,” Emery admitted. “Whether that’s with shots or combinations with Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Antoine Griezmann, or just himself. He is the player who always causes problems, and that’s going to be the case for the entire 90 minutes. He’s still a very tricky player. A player we think has been and continues to be the best in the world.”

Under Emery, Villarreal will be looking to continue after finishing fifth in LaLiga last season. “We are excited and optimistic about this,” added the Villarreal boss. “The league is always open, but first you have to remember that Real Madrid ended up strong last season and that Barcelona still have great players, which is why these two are favorites to win the title. Then you have Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, and the teams that want to take our place. We have to level up, we want to keep climbing, and Sunday is a good test to see how we’ll react.”