opinions | 2018-05-03
Player Ratings - La Liga Round 34 - Deportivo la Coruna 2:4 Barcelona
Messi nets a hattrick to win La Liga in style as Deportivo are relegated
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (7): Great. On the goals he couldn’t do too much, poor defending from the team as it was all throughout a lot of the game. His passing was fine and on many occasions he came up with saves to keep us from conceding more goals, given the teams performance, we should’ve conceded more.
Nélson Semedo (6.5): Combined well with Messi and Dembélé on the right, especially in the 1st half. Didn’t misplace too many passes. Defensively, his positioning can still be suspect at times but he won most of his duels and managed a few interceptions. Wasn’t as active as the game went on but he played 90 minutes which is a great sign.
Gerard Piqué (6.5): Solid for the most part, even though Barça as a team didn’t defend too well throughout the game. He struggled at times when he was left in 1 vs 1 situations but still managed some crucial clearances. Passing was great, as usual and he won 5 out of 6 duels. Perhaps should’ve scored in the 2nd half but his shot from point blank range was saved by Depor’s GK.
Samuel Umtiti (6): Had a mixed game. On the first goal he was out of position and could’ve done a lot better but other than this he defended decently for a lot of the game. He passed well but didn’t stand out or look as dominant as he did early in the season. Most of Depor’s chances came from Semedo’s side, so far large parts of the game he wasn’t in too many duels. His first Liga title and it’s well deserved since he’s been key in our road to the title.
Jordi Alba (6.5): Going forward was quite decent, his passes found Messi more often than not which hasn’t always been the case. He didn’t have to do too much defending in the first half but a lot in the second. On one Depor counter attack in the first half he messed up after doing so well, he cleaned up well but gave the ball immediately but luckily it came to nothing. A lot of his second half work was defending and he didn’t do badly. He couldn’t do much on either goals but it was a good game from him.
Sergio Busquets (6.5): Surprisingly, he completed the least amount of passes out of all the Barcelona midfielders in this game, but had a solid performance. Great under pressure, as usual. Didn’t give the ball away and wasn’t dispossessed once. Defensively, he had a couple.of important interceptions. Another title in the bag for him as one of the most important players in the squad.
Ivan Rakitić (6.5): More active and better on the ball than usual, in the 1st half. Combined well with his teammates and passed the ball quickly which we don’t see often from him, he usually takes a few touches before releasing the ball. His influence dropped in the 2nd half, did well off the ball at times. Subbed off after 87 minutes.
Philippe Coutinho (7): For large parts of the game was very good, he started off a bit slow but once he got his goal, he didn’t look back. It was a very well taken finish, the technique for the shot was superb. He dribbled past players with a lot of ease and linked with Messi really well. He could’ve gotten one or two more goals but they were just wide. He plays really well as a wide player rather than central and this showed in the second half when he started drifting inwards and was less effective in the game. His performances are improving but it's becoming more and more clear he plays better wide than central.
Ousmane Dembélé (6.5): Mixed performance, some of his plays were really good like the assist on the first goal and the run for the second goal but others not so good like missing the free man on counter attacks. He gave the ball away a bit too much, especially in the first half with wayward passes and was a bit slow to get back and defend. Other than this, he’s causing problems going forward whenever he had the chance to run at defenders. His second half was a lot quieter and he was subbed off for Denis midway through the 2nd half. Let’s hope he shows the real Dembélé next season after the rough year for him.
Lionel Messi (9): Another MOTM performance. Very involved from the 1st minute and Deportivo could do nothing to stop him. Didn’t have too many chances early on but his passing was fantastic, created chances after chances. Scored late on in the 1st half to make it 2-0 after a brilliant pass from Suárez. Deportivo opened up in the 2nd half as they were trying to avoid relegation and left some space at the back, which he punished with ease and added 2 more crucial goals to secure the title at Riazor. He also leads the Golden Boot race now. Another memorable season for the magician.
Luis Suárez (7): Finishing was poor throughout the game, he got into chances and should’ve done better. However, he was brilliant in other areas of the game. His first assist of the game to Messi was spectacular. Picked up 2 more assists in the 2nd half. He deserved a goal in this game, but as usual, him finishing easy chances can be a problem. If we ignore that, it was a great performance for the Uruguayan.
Denis Suárez: Replaced Dembélé with around 20 minutes left and was really good, he played a massive part in the 3rd and 4th goal we scored. He didn’t take too long on the ball like he usually does and was decisive in his decision going forward It was a little cameo but it showed what he can do, the only problem is that he’s inconsistent. Once he gets that out of his game, he’ll be a big asset to the squad.
Paulinho: Subbed on for Coutinho when we were struggling in the game, the sub to me was odd at the time. Our performance got better but none due to him, it has to be said. A lot of running around, some simple passes with Messi but that about all he did.
Andres Iniesta: Replaced Rakitić in the last few minutes of the game and received another standing ovation. Not much to say as the game was basically done, he completed all of his passes. Another title to his name, great way to finish his Barça career.
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