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Barcelona open title defence with 5-0 thrashing of Villarreal

Barcelona have kicked off their season in style with a 5-0 romp over Villarreal.

Having been forced to wait to start their title defence, and after Real Madrid's 6-0 win at Real Zaragoza on Sunday, Pep Guardiola's side picked up where they left off last season to leave Juan Carlos Garrido's visitors dazed and confused.

Emerging midfielder Thiago started the scoring in the 25th minute before Cesc Fabregas, signed from Arsenal this summer, made it 2-0 on his league debut.

Fellow newcomer Alexis Sanchez also marked his debut with a goal before Lionel Messi grabbed two for himself.

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