Mathieu fights for the ball / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

FC Barcelona's 3-0 win over Villarreal saw a wonder goal from Neymar Jr, an astute all-round performance from Sergio Busquets and a solid defensive display from the team. We take a look at the most interesting statistics from Sunday's match at Camp Nou:

Clean sheet: The 3-0 win over Villarreal was Barça’s fourth consecutive game without conceding. The last goal that the Catalans let in was in the 3-1 victory against Eibar, 441 minutes of play ago.


Defence: The home side showed their defensive nous with a total of 40 balls recovered (Piqué, 10; Alves, 9; Alba, 8; Mathieu, 13)


Neymar: The Brazilian forward scored the team’s first and third goal of the game. With eleven goals this season, he is currently the league’s top marksman.


Sergio Busquets: The defensive midfielder once again proved his importance to Luis Enrique’s team. Against Villarreal, he regained possession on nine occasions and had a 90.32% pass success rate. He also provided the assist for the game’s first goal.


Leaders: The latest league win, coupled with Real Madrid’s defeat at the hands of Sevilla, makes Barça outright leaders of La Liga for the first time since Week 5., Barça and Madrid had been joint top since Week 9 but the latter’s first loss of the season hands the Catalans a three-point advantage.