Barcelona 1-0 Sevilla: player ratings
Sevilla traveled to northeastern Spain to take on Barcelona at Camp Nou in a podium game. The winner would retain second place – at least until the next matchday.
The first half was largely disappointing for the hosts, who were slow to grow into the game. In the last quarter, however, Barca were able to conjure up some good scoring chances; unfortunately still unable to reach the net, however.
The second half followed the same pattern before Pedri finally hit a screamer to break the deadlock. As Barcelona take second place in the table, BU dominate Xavi’s men.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 6.5
ter Stegen was not called into action for the majority of the match. His contributions were limited to his dissemination, which he carried out with finesse.
Daniel Alves: 5
Far from Alves’ best night, which was a bit too problematic for Barcelona in defence. His poor decision-making gave two chances in the second half. On the contrary, its switches opened several avenues of attack.
Ronald Araujo: 7.5
Another terrific outing for Araujo, which is obviously impossible for any Sevilla attacker. He bullied Ocampos and Martial on several occasions and showed greater comfort on the ball.
Gerard Pique: 7
Pique made a few clumsy decisions throughout the game, but his experience came into play at other times like Jesus Navas, and Lamela got broken on the counter.
Jordan Alba: 7
A decent game for Alba, who got creative with her passing variation. While he was unquestionably one of the bright spots of the game, there were times when his decision-making could be called into question in the final third.
Frankie de Jong: 7.5
Arguably the best player of the first half, de Jong added plenty of attacking depth on his third runs. He was relentless in the press and resilient outside of it. He came into a great scoring position early on, only to see his header slip past.
Sergio Busquets: 6.5
Busquets looked slower than usual in this game and was often pressed heavily by Rakitic and Jordan. He failed to dictate the tempo as he usually does, which is concerning ahead of a huge Europa League encounter.
Pedri wasn’t at his best for the first few minutes but was Barcelona’s best player overall today – again. He created several chances with his vision but undoubtedly the best moment of the game came when he scored the winner.
He controlled the ball to his left, faked one player, faked two more and hit a stellar shot into the bottom corner. World at these feet, Pedro Gonzalez.
Ousmane Dembele: 9
Dembele was Barcelona’s most threatening player for most of the game, creating multiple chances. He created seven chances, two of which were spectacular for Ferran Torres and Frenkie de Jong. Eventually, he got his help with a smart pass to Pedri.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 6
Aubameyang was relentless with his runs off the ball but didn’t get the serve he deserved, thanks to Sevilla’s brilliant defence.
Ferran Torres: 5
One can continue to praise Torres’ brilliant movement, but that doesn’t do much with the finishing he showed today. Had several chances to kill the game, but couldn’t get the net to swell.
Gavi arrived with 15 minutes of regular time to spare and couldn’t recreate de Jong’s impact in such a short time.
Memphis Depay: N/A
Didn’t do enough to warrant a rating.
Nico González: N/A
Did not play enough to warrant a rating.