opinions | 2017-02-11
Player Ratings - La Liga Round 22 - Alavés 0:6 Barcelona
Barça's assault at Alavés home concludes with a superb thrashing
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (6.5): Had a rather quiet game, Alaves only caused him problems on one/two occasions. Made a brilliant 1v1 stop, it was very Valdes-esque. If he didn’t save it, the game could’ve been a whole lot different. Passing was very good, barely misplaced any passes. Other than that not much else to say, nice to have another clean sheet in the bag.
Aleix Vidal (7): Great going forward for the most part, combined well with his teammates. Had a chance to score early on but his shot went high. Wonderful assist for Suárez on Barça’s 1st goal. Defensively, he wasn’t really tested as Alaves were poor, but he did struggle a bit later on. Sadly, the game ended in a horrible way for him after a leg breaking challenge by Hernandez. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Samuel Umtiti (7): Started as a RCB and done a great job yet again. Even though he got booked early on so he had to be careful, he was comfortable for the most part. Good on the ball, fantastic passing to build from the back. Only misplaced 1 or 2 passes in the entire game. Great presence in the air and positioned himself well on a rare Alaves attack in Barça’s third of the pitch.
Jeremy Mathieu (6.5): Vertical passing was bad for the most part. However, he defended well. Winning all his tackles and most of his aerial duels. On the ball he did look comfortable unlike other games, although Alaves didn’t press too well. In the second half, he did have to shuffle across and play RCB/RB for 5 mins. By this time he game was already done.
Lucas Digne (6.5): Passing was very good. In the final third however, he wasn’t too helpful, his crossing was bad for the most part. Defended decently bar that one chance where Theo Hernandez left him for pace. Somehow he managed to complete four take ons. This is impressive since he isn’t the quickest player and doesn’t have dribbling ability. In the 2nd half, he played a part of the game as a CB which was unusual but he did fine. Nice for him to get some minutes, he didn’t disappoint either.
Sergio Busquets (7): Excellent passing, combined well with other midfielders, and especially with Messi. Wonderful under pressure and passed between the lines to start the danger many times. Completed 97% of his passes. Defensively, he didn’t have much to do as Alaves were poor on the ball, but he did well. Subbed off in the 2nd half.
Ivan Rakitić (6.5): Positioned himself wide for the most part going forward, as Messi moved centrally to create. Not the best on the ball, passing wasn’t always crisp and his crosses could’ve been better but he’s had worse games earlier this season. Done well to help Vidal defensively. Finished off with a great finish inside the box to make it 0-5.
André Gomes (6.5): Started slow. Lost the ball a fair few times but later on he got more space and was more composed on the ball. Defensively he was great again, winning 75% of his tackles. Managed to create a chance but later on the game he dropped back when Iniesta came on. On the 4th goal, his interception was key in starting the goal. It’ll go unnoticed but it was great from him. Looking better as the games go on.
Lionel Messi (7.5): Positioned himself centrally behind Suárez and dropped deeper to help create. Combined well with Busquets on the centre of the pitch, and often created a mess with his passes which split the Alaves defence. Great finish in the 2nd half to make it 0-3. Barça’s 4th goal was basically his as well, done the majority of the work but the ball came off Alaves defender so it counts as an own goal. Another great game for the best in the world.
Luis Suárez (7.5): An eventful game for the Uruguayan striker. Fantastic movement inside the box to make it 0-1 on a great Vidal assist. Just minutes after that he assisted Neymar for Barça’s 2nd. Worked well without the ball and didn’t look isolated in this game. Continued in the same tone in the 2nd half and recorded another assist, this time for Rakitić. Concluded the match with a solid finish to make it 0-6. Deadly performance in the final third of the pitch.
Neymar (7): Another mixed game. Wasteful at times in the first half, sometimes he held the ball for too long. Passing was off in the final third but managed to create four chances. Not much to say on his goal, I would’ve been really surprised if he missed that. The dribble he did on the first goal was key to opening up the angle. Defensively he was somewhat off, didn’t win any of his tackles. Dangerous in the second half, not so much in the first. Now off to his favourite opponents, PSG.
Andres Iniesta: Subbed on in the 2nd half when the game was already done, so there’s not much to say about his performance. Completed most of his passes and looked good on the ball. It’s great to see him back and let’s hope he’s ready for 90 minutes against PSG.
Jordi Alba: Came on in the last 20 minutes of the game. Not the best on the ball, got dispossessed quite easily at times but the game was already done so it’s hard to blame him for the lack of concentration at that point. Passed the ball well for the most part.
Sergi Roberto: Came on for Gomes with 15 or so minutes left. He didn’t do much. Completed all of his passes. Only 2 of them were forward passes which says a lot about how he plays. Other than that, nothing else to say.
Referee Clos Gomez (7): Didn’t have many bad decisions, but he was inconsistent at times. Booked Umtiti very early in the game but later on he let Alaves players go lightly for worse fouls. At least he didn’t any make a major, game changing errors like the ref in the Atleti game did.
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