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Barcelona 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Player ratings from the Joan Gamper trophy



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Barcelona concluded their preparations for the new season in style with a 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their first game at Montjuic: their makeshift home for the upcoming.

What was initially a largely uninspired attacking display from the Blaugrana saw them completely turn things around after Xavi freshened up the whole squad in the second half to overturn a 2-1 deficit and grab the victory.

The Catalans’ injury woes in defence seemed to worsen, with Ronald Araujo asking to be substituted off in the 32nd minute, with a prognosis pending on the severity of his discomfort – although early signs point that it is merely a precaution.

Xavi will look to build on this result and analyse the positives and negatives before the new season kicks off next week.

Here are the Azulgranas’ individual performances from the game under the microscope.

Marc Andre ter Stegen: 6.5/10

Forced into a few saves during the game, and overall looked solid with his distribution. Not much he could do about the two goals.

Ronald Araujo: 5/10

Started on the right side of the defence and was caught out of position a bit higher upfield, including for Tottenham’s equaliser in the 24th minute.

Asked to be subbed off after a bombarding run down the right that was stopped by Davinson Sanchez – hopefully – as a precaution to avoid further discomfort.

Jules Kounde: 7/10

After another game in his preferred central defensive position, he looked at home and was largely solid in his duties with some important recoveries and was largely assured with his passing.

At home in his preferred position. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Eric Garcia: 5/10

Called upon once more in the absence of Andreas Christensen, the Spaniard had an uninspiring outing and was nowhere to be seen for both of Tottenham’s first-half goals.

Alejandro Balde: 7.5/10

One of the brighter players on the pitch, Balde remained a constant threat down the left flank with his explosive pace – also inverting when necessary after foraying into the opposition half.

Pedri: 6.5/10

Solid as ever, but not very remarkable in attack. Made the sensible decisions as he often does, making some important recoveries as well as playing a hand in some clever combinations before making way for Ilkay Gundogan in the 62nd minute.

Oriol Romeu: 8/10

The Spaniard kept building on his brilliant pre-season performances with another impressive outing against Spurs.

Marshalled the midfield superbly, playing some great passes including one that released Raphinha for the opening goal.

Another eye-catching display from Romeu. (Photo by Candice Ward/Getty Images)

Frenkie de Jong: 7/10

Made some clever turns and set off on a few of his trademark marauding runs, but also was at fault for Spurs scoring their second after he failed to collect Kounde’s clearance and then track Skipp into the box.

Gavi: 5/10

Returned from a spell on the sidelines due to a back issue, but didn’t make much of a mark.

Showed signs of his usual tenacity initially, but perhaps held back to not aggravate any physical issues.

Raphinha: 5.5/10

Looked bright initially with a great run in behind to latch onto Romeu’s pass and then provided a great assist to Lewandowski for an early opening goal but his impact swiftly dwindled afterwards.

Robert Lewandowski: 6/10

Scored the opener with a tidy left-footed finish just three minutes in, but failed to impose himself aside from that and didn’t get a whole lot of service to work with.


Sergi Roberto: 5/10

Replaced Araujo in the 32nd minute after the Uruguayan asked to be subbed off due to discomfort and put in a largely solid if unremarkable shift.

Ansu Fati: 7.5/10

Took up some great positions after coming on and scored the crucial goal that helped the Catalans take the 3-2 lead, building on his great showing vs AC Milan.

Ferran Torres: 7.5/10

On for Lewandowski in the second half, Torres proved to be an asset yet again in his central role with his clever movement, scoring the all-important goal to make it 2-2.

Inaki Pena: 6.5/10

Solid after replacing ter Stegen in goal. Distributed sensibly and kept the box in control.

Marcos Alonso: 7/10

Added some more attacking threat down the left, providing width and putting in some good deliveries – including a free-kick attempt that stung the gloves of Spurs keeper Vicario.

Ilkay Gundogan: 7/10

Shrugged off injury concerns and brought more attacking impetus and control in the midfield after coming on.

Ez Abde: 8/10

Another terrific cameo, the Moroccan was quick and direct with his attacking play and also tracked back, before putting the cherry on top with the goal to make it 4-2.

Lamine Yamal: 8.5/10

The best substitution of the lot, the teenager was brilliant with his dribbling and provided a wonderful trivela assist to Ferran.

Superstar in the making? (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Fermin Lopez: 7/10

Provided the assist for Abde and got into some clever positions to carry on his impressive showings.

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