Barcelona have seldom had it easy against Celta Vigo. The Blaugranas had lost three and drawn one of their last five games against the Galicians after all.
Saturday night was no different. Barcelona toiled to no end despite being the ones with the home advantage and struggling to create any meaningful chances against them.
As the Catalans struggled to create openings in the Celta area, Rafael Benitez’s side looked threatening with every counterattack. They even got the deserved lead just around the 20-minute mark.
Celta doubled their lead with a well-worked finish by Anastasios Douvikas in the second period.
When it looked like all hope was lost, Joao Felix and Robert Lewandowski combined to bring the deficit back to one goal. The Pole netted once again in quick succession to level the score before Cancelo netted a third goal in eight minutes to complete the comeback.
Barça Universal brings you the player ratings from Barcelona 3-2 Celta Vigo.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 8
The German international was looking for a special clean sheet against Celta Vigo on Saturday, but it was not to be. Yet, ter Stegen cannot be blamed for the goal conceded.
He was immense for Barcelona in between the sticks and came up clutch many times in the game to stop Celta from extending their lead. Made a stunning five saves from inside the box.
Joao Cancelo: 9
The right-back pushed high up in attack, leaving vast spaces behind him for the visitors to counter. Was creative in the final third but relatively shaky in defence.
He more than made up for his defensive deficiencies with a stunning assist for Barcelona’s equaliser. Cancelo’s cut-back to Lewandowski was picture-perfect and placed the ball on a platter for the Pole.
In the penultimate minute of regulation time, he made a stunning run into the Celta area and lashed the ball into the net for the winning goal on the evening.
Jules Kounde: 7
The Frenchman continued his fine vein of form with yet another calm performance. Led the defence from the front against Celta while also being perfect in his distribution.
Andreas Christensen: 6
The centre-back showed signs of nerves throughout the game in an uncharacteristically shaky display. Hastily won a yellow card early in the game and was forced to play cautiously after that.
Nevertheless, he completed 97% of his passes. Came off at the hour mark for Alejandro Balde.
Marcos Alonso: 6
The Spaniard replaced Alejandro Balde in the starting lineup and was widely involved in the final third. Much like Cancelo, he left the flank vulnerable defensively and was taken off at half-time for a system change. Made five defensive actions while on the field, regardless.
Frenkie de Jong: 6.5
The midfielder started the game amidst rumours of him being possibly rested. In the end, however, he could complete just over 35 minutes of action before limping off the field.
De Jong was confident on the ball, as always, and progressive with his play but was regularly caught on the break by Celta.
Oriol Romeu: 7
The gem in midfield. Romeu, much like former Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets, is one who does not seek much attention on the ball but makes a significant impact.
On the evening, the Spaniard was everywhere. It was his clearance that helped Barcelona stay just a goal down at half-time. Unfortunately for him, Xavi took him off at the mid-game interval for a change in tactics.
Ilkay Gundogan: 8
The German played the entire 90 minutes on the night and did not put a foot wrong. He was a charm on the ball, working his magic with ease and finding key passes even in difficult situations. Silky smooth.
Ferran Torres: 6.5
The Spaniard was relatively quiet in the first half except for the occasional run in between the lines.
Had the best chance of the second half when he had just Ivan Villar to beat but pulled it wide. Closed the night with two shots on target, two successful dribbles, and a blocked shot.
Robert Lewandowski: 9
The Pole was well isolated by the Galicians’ five-man defensive at Estadi Olimpic de Lluis Companys and did not get involved as much as he would have liked.
As he does on so many occasions, however, he came up clutch for the team and took a tough chance with both hands to score late in the game. Minutes later, he once again pounced on Cancelo’s assist to level the scores.
Joao Felix: 8
Made his third consecutive start for Barcelona but struggled against the low-block of Celta Vigo. Opened up better in the second half with his link-up play. Provided a lovely assist for Lewandowski’s goal with a lobbed pass over the defence.
Was forced to take to the field early on his off day. Gavi did not help himself with an early yellow card, yet the booking did not tame his energy by much.
The Golden Boy brought more verticality to the team’s attacks and unleashed some beautiful passes over the top. Deservedly got the assist for the team’s winning goal.
Ronald Araujo: 6
The Uruguayan defender made his return from injury, coming on at half-time for Oriol Romeu. Played in a three-man backline for a quarter of an hour before returning to centre-back alongside Kounde. Was caught completely out of position for Celta’s second goal.
Lamine Yamal: 6
Played the entire second half but was not involved nearly as much on the ball as he would have liked.
The Brazilian came on for Ferran Torres and did well to keep Lucas de La Torre on his feet.
Alejandro Balde: 7
Played over 30 minutes on Saturday night and upped the ante on the left flank in the attack. Balde helped Barcelona create more threat down the flank and partially created the third goal.