Player Ratings as Barcelona are defeated 2 nil by Athletico Madrid
In a one-sided night of football, Atlético Madrid gave Barcelona an absolute kicking at the Wanda Metropolitano.
This was the first game at the Wanda with a near 100% fan capacity and it was a real party atmosphere as the defending champions both celebrated their title by dominating a misfiring Barcelona with under-fire manager sat suspended in the stands looking utterly ineffectual as his team floundered around the pitch looking as un-coached as a random Sunday League side.
Here’s how the players rated at Wanda Metropolitano:
Marc-André Ter Stegen – 6 – Did well against Atleti’s counters and crosses. Could do nothing about either goal.
Oscar Mingueza – 5 – One of Barcelona’s most athletic centre-backs was wasted as a wing-back. Offered nothing in attack and was far too high up help in defence. A baffling use of a great talent.
Ronald Araujo – 5 – Barcelona’s best defender was, for some reason, tasked with man-marking Joao Felix. He did a good job for the most part but the risk was, of course, that if Felix could get the ball beyond him then it was open season on the decaying Piqué. And, well, the two times Joao Felix escaped Araujo’s clutches guess what happened? Both Atleti goals. Second-half he was playing like a normal defender and was much better as a result, but his struggles in Koeman’s anti-formation first-half cost Barcelona the game.
Gerard Piqué – 3 – Piqué was spared the ravages of the Benfica game with an early sub but there was no such mercy at the Wanda Metropolitano and Piqué bore the full brunt of the Atleti counters. Then the system in the first-half left him criminally exposed, but at the same time he made several baffling decisions such as not moving to Lemar on the first goal or retreating to the line instead of confronting the panicking Suárez before the Uruguayan’s goal. This performance should retire Piqué as a starter for major games.
Sergino Dest – 6 – Looked very bright and positive in attack. Defended higher up with the press rather than tracking back.
Sergio Busquets – 4 – Caught flat-footed on Atleti’s first goal and was nowhere to be seen on the second. Like everyone, picked up second-half but still lacked his usual influence on proceedings and was shown up by team-mates. Can only thrive in a 3-5-2 these days.
Nico Gonzalez – 5 – Was bright in possession and worked hard. Let Lemar run off him for the opening goal.
Frenkie De Jong – 6 – Lost in the shuffle playing ridiculously high up the pitch, but perked up immensely in the second-half.
Coutinho – 4 – Useless. Wasted Barcelona’s best chance of the game with a pathetic shot.
Gavi – 6 – Really bright (relatively) all game. Never stopped battling and fighting, showing more heart and intelligence than a lot of his more senior team-mates. His call-up to the Spanish national team was perfectly earned, this boy is special.
Memphis Depay – 5 – Some nice runs, but ultimately what could he do? His service was an absolute joke.
Sergi Roberto (for Nico 46′) – 5 – Did change the rhythm of the game by allowing Koeman to switch to a sensible formation.
Ansu Fati (for Coutinho 64′) – 6 – Looked so positive when in possession, trying desperately to make something happen.
Riqui Puig (for Gavi 75′) – 6 – Added some thrust and intention. Looked good.
Luuk de Jong (for Mingueza 75′) – 4 – Somehow made the team worse.
Clement Lenglet (for Dest 86′) – n/a – Came on late.
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