Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani
Alves, Puyol (Piqué 51'), Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Xavi, Busquets,
Fàbregas (Iniesta 58'); Pedro (David Villa 75'), Messi, Tello. 4-3-3.
Real: Claudio Bravo; Estrada, Ansotegi, Mikel González, De la Bella; Elustondo (Carlos Vela 63'), Illarramendi (Javi Ros 78'), Bergara; Xabi Prieto, Griezmann, Chori Castro (José Angel 72'). 4-3-3.
0-1. 04. Puyol. Got free of marker to head Xavi corner past Bravo inside near post.
1-1. 09. Chori Castro. Ran on to Illarramendi pass and fired shot in to roof of net.
2-1. 11. Messi. Picked up Pedro pass and made space to strike shot past keeper.
3-1. 15. Messi. Got in front of Ansotegi to turn Tello's cross in on near post.
4-1. 41. Pedro. Side-footed shot back past Bravo after Tello crossed from left.
5-1. 84. David Villa. Poked angled shot past keeper after Iniesta laid ball back.
Yellow cards: Xabi Prieto 33', Mascherano 38', De la Bella 70', Ansotegi 83', Villa 85'.
A change of manager at Barcelona, but no change in their style of play as Tito Vilanova's side kicked off with a 5-1 victory over Real Sociedad. As assistant to Guardiola, the new coach was always expected to carry on the same vein, and within four minutes team captain Puyol got on the end of Xavi's corner to head them in to the lead. Chori Castro equalised for the visitors soon afterwards after Illarramendi played on Xabi Prieto's pass, but two "house specials" from Messi in the next five minutes finished them off, the first after shrugging off two tackles before thrashing the ball in to the net, and the second when he got in front of Ansotegi to drive Tello's cross past Bravo. After that Real hardly troubled Víctor Valdés, and Messi went close a couple of times before Pedro got on the end of Tello's high cross to make it four. Things slowed down after the break as the heat took its toll, and Vilanova decided he could risk David Villa, back in the squad after an eight month injury lay off. And "El Guaje" signalled his return with his side's fifth, firing a shot wide of the keeper after combining with Iniesta down the left wing. A perfect start for the new man, although the real test will come over the next couple of weeks when they meet arch-rivals Real Madrid twice in the Spanish Super Cup.