FC Barcelona made headlines as they secured a 1-0 victory against Villarreal, extending their lead at the top of the table to 11 points. The goal, scored by Pedri Gonzalez in the 17th minute, helped solidify Barcelona’s position. However, it’s worth noting that Real Madrid’s upcoming match against Elche on Thursday could reduce the points difference to 8.
We’ll be taking a closer look at the player ratings from the match and evaluating each individual’s performance. From the defence to the attack, we’ll break down the highs and lows of each player’s game and determine who stood out and who struggled to make an impact. Get ready to delve into the player ratings of the Barcelona vs Villarreal match!
Marc Andre Ter Stegen- 7.0
The german shot-stopper had an incredible first half when you assess him as a sweeper-keeper, but he was not tested much in the first set of 45 minutes.
The young La Masian fullback continues to showcase his excellence to the game’s connoisseurs. He stole a lot of possessions, was present in the right spaces, and pressed phenomenally. The only part of his game that needs refinement is the end product, which the player sometimes cannot deliver given his lack of experience as he is still in his breakthrough season.
Andreas Christensen- 7.5
The Danish centre-half was ever so dependable, except for a nervy moment where he gave away cheap possession just outside the box. Although the yellow submarines did not capitalize, one should ignore their errors only when it has any harmful impact.
Ronald Araujo- 9.0 (MOTM)
The Uruguayan gem had another solid performance at the back, neutralising every threat bravely. He made quick recovery runs to bail us out and was instrumental in avoiding any possible big chance of being handed over to the home side in the yellow jerseys. He efficiently eliminated any possible threat from Yeremy Pino.
Jules Kounde- 7.0
The summer arrival has become a quick favourite amongst the fans, and his performances justified the praise he got. He had a few nervous moments and he can improve, but there’s no need to worry about his performance today.
Pablo Gavi- 6.5
The new number 6 of the club had a relatively silent game in his new false winger position where he has gloved in perfectly. Offered his regular high work rate and tenacity, but did not have much involvement in on-the-ball activities.
Pedri Gonzalez- 9.0
The wonder kid delivered another all-time performance, cementing his place among the world’s elite midfielders. His unmatched elegance and fluidity shined through, and he scored a crucial goal through a seamless one-touch linkup with the experienced Robert Lewandowski.
Frenkie De Jong- 8.0
A masterclass from the dutchman yet again as he operated from the deeper areas of the pitch controlling the game state by his will, something he has always excelled at. He looked brave in duels and was on point in his passing. One of his best performances under Xavi in my opinion.
Franck Kessie- 7.5
The Ex-Rossoneri had a rough start to his career here and despite the heavy criticism, finally looks to have found the still-waters. A less obvious, yet impactful performance as he marked his players exceptionally well and looked comfortable in possession.
Robert Lewandowski- 7.0
Sometimes, No matter what you do, you would not be able to get the goal you so deeply desire for. The Polish striker did everything right, and gave a wonderful assist acting as the target man but could not make anything out of the multiple chances he had.
Raphinha Belloli- 7.0
The absence of Dembele has given an elixir of opportunities to the Brazilian, to which he certainly is looking to latch upon. He looked threatening in counters and made a few chances, not to mention a few shots at which he had a chance to have a crackdown at, but a few close attempts were all that he could muster. He was subbed out for Ferran Torres in the 81st minute.
Ferran Torres- 6.0
In the 81st minute of the game, they brought on the Spaniard for Raphinha.
Jordi Alba- DNR
Did not play enough to be rated
~Written By: Aditya Kumar