Barcelona hosted Mallorca at the Camp Nou for the penultimate game of the season today in what was a rather emotional affair for multiple reasons.
Not only was it the last game at the Camp Nou for another year and a half, but it was also the last home game for two Barcelona legends – Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba. The Spanish duo are set to leave the club at the end of the season, and multiple tributes followed the game tonight.
The tide turned in favour of Barcelona quickly as Ansu Fati opened the scoring with a lovely move in the first minute. He then doubled the lead with his second of the game in the 24th minute courtesy of some tekkers from Robert Lewandowski.
After several missed chances, Gavi added the third with a stunning goal through his left foot.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 6
Completely unbothered, ter Stegen did not have to deal with a single shot on target. Not even pressured, completed all of his passes, as well.
Alejandro Balde: 6.5
Lasted 17 minutes on the pitch before he had to be subbed off due to a serious injury. Made some tremendous runs before going off, though.
Jules Kounde: 8
Calm and composed in possession, and rock solid defensively, Kounde did not let a single attack pass through him tonight. Hit the crossbar with a header.
Andreas Christensen: 7
Just as good as Kounde, Christensen stopped several transitions before they even reached the final third.
Jordi Alba: 8
A creative force off the left side, Alba was, once again, superb. Created several chances, including a stellar cross for Robert Lewandowski. Came off in the second half in tears. Legend.
Combined brilliantly with Frenkie de Jong, Ousmane Dembele, and Robert Lewandowski through the game, and showed his composure with the opening assist of the game. Got a goal, too, with a stunning shot in the second half.
Sergio Busquets: 8.5
An absolute wall in the centre of the pitch, Busquets was impenetrable. A stunning display on his last home appearance, 15 years from his debut. Left the pitch with a standing ovation.
Frenkie de Jong: 8.5
De Jong was everywhere today, defending as deep as Barcelona’s corner flag, and attacking like an attacking midfielder. Created a couple of chances, and was flawless in the buildup.
Ousmane Dembele: 8.5
Dazzling with the ball at his feet, the Frenchman pierced through the Mallorca defence countless times. Created several chances, and was rather selfless with his passing, too. Got an assist later on as Gavi converted his pass.
Robert Lewandowski: 9.5
One of Lewandowski’s best performances for Barcelona in a while. The Polish striker was at the peak of his anchor play, combing with Fati and Gavi in tight angles to create chances. His flick on paved the way for Fati’s opening goal, before he assisted the Spaniard himself with a lovely through ball. Arguably should have scored, though.
Ansu Fati: 9.5
A pre-injury Ansu Fati display today as the teenager reaked havoc on the Mallorca defence. Opened the scoring in the first minute, before adding another 24 minutes later. Was very close to completing his hattrick as well, but was subbed off for Raphinha.
Sergi Roberto: 7
Did well as the RB after coming on. Progressed the ball and kick started a fair few moves to score.