With three losses on the trot at the Camp Nou, Xavi’s Barcelona were under pressure to get back to winning ways against Mallorca. Needless to say, the team did not disappoint.
Barcelona’s win on Sunday may seem to appear tight on paper. However, it was a dominant display that saw them ease past their Palma based opposition. The side found the back of the net four times, but two goals were ruled out for offside upon review.
The win sees Barcelona back in the driver’s seat to finish second in La Liga and secure qualification for not only the UEFA Champions League but also the Supercopa de Espana. We now run the rule over the Blaugrana participants.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 6
The German shot-stopper had a quiet night against Mallorca and was forced to make a save only on one occasion. It would be unfair to pin the blame for the goal conceded on him, for it was an unstoppable shot allowed by a defensive lapse.
Dani Alves: 6.5
The Brazilian overcame his recent fitness struggles to play 89 minutes on Sunday. He had a good night defensively, providing one interception and four clearances. Despite being heavily involved in the buildup, it was one of the rare nights when Alves did not record a key pass.
Ronald Araujo: 7
The centre-back penned a new deal with Barcelona earlier this week and began his new contract with a solid display. While he could have done better to deny Mallorca’s goal on the night, the Uruguayan was instrumental in holding down the fortress.
Gerard Pique: 6
Pique started the game over Eric Garcia, and one felt that the Spaniard had finally overcome his fitness struggles. However, the joy was short-lived as the veteran had to be substituted just half an hour into the game.
Jordi Alba: 8.5
Barcelona’s opening goal was as much about Jordi Alba’s assist as it was about Memphis Depay’s finish. The left-back spotted the forward’s run with his peripheral vision and sent a ball over the top straight into his path.
Apart from the assist, Alba recorded four key passes, two clearances, two tackles and an interception on the night. It would not be wrong to say that he was the centre of every buildup at Camp Nou.
Frenkie de Jong: 7
Frenkie de Jong had his moments of magic, but also a fair share of forgettable events. There is no doubt that the Dutchman has stepped up his game after Pedri’s injury, and Sunday was no different.
Sergio Busquets: 8
Sergio Busquets scored his third goal of the season, equalling his highest tally in a single season for Barcelona. The veteran’s goal was a thing of beauty as he put the ball past Rico with his weak foot from the edge of the box.
Despite being a constant presence in the final third, Busquets maintained his stature of being Barcelona’s most important player in midfield.
Gavi was the player who created Barcelona’s first chance against Mallorca as he played a lovely ball to Aubameyang in the seventh minute. It was one of the quieter nights for the teenager after that, though.
Ferran Torres: 4.5
Torres was one of Barcelona’s worst players on Sunday night. He recorded no shots on target and did not contribute to the buildup either.
After missing a series of chances, the Spaniard seemed to have scored a clumsy goal late in the second half but was denied of it when VAR deemed it offside.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 5
After a bright start to life in Catalonia, Aubameyang’s magic seems to have fizzled out. The striker was invisible for large parts of the game and did not create much of a threat in Mallorca’s area.
Memphis Depay: 8
Memphis Depay has not had many chances under Xavi Hernandez. Yet, he took his chance on Sunday with both hands and made a statement. He not only scored Barcelona’s opener with an outrageous finish but was the creative force that kept knocking at Mallorca’s door.
Eric Garcia: 6
Eric Garcia started on the bench but was called on by the manager just 30 minutes into the game. He was tasked with replacing Pique, and the Spaniard did not disappoint.
He not only formed a solid partnership with Araujo but was also extensively involved in the linkup play with Alba and Busquets.
Ousmane Dembele: 5
Dembele came on for the final 15 minutes and did not make much of an impact on the final result.
Ansu Fati: 5
Ansu Fati finally made his much-awaited return to football as he played the last 15 minutes of the night. The teenager seemed slightly disconnected from the rest of the team, but will hopefully pick up form as he receives more minutes.
Clement Lenglet: NA
Did not play long enough to warrant a rating.