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Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Player Ratings

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Marc-André ter Stegen: 9

The German shot-stopper was breathtaking on the night, dealing with several threatening shots throughout the entire 90. Ter Stegen made 6 saves, with 5 of them coming against shots from inside the box. Stopping shots from Suarez and co, the German keeper made himself a true wall throughout the entire 90

Óscar Mingueza: 5

The Spanish youngster struggled to keep up with Yannick Carrasco on his flank, who enjoyed turning him inside out for the first 45. He was subbed off before the start of the second half.

Gerard Piqué: 7

Piqué was relatively solid in the first half, claiming 3 clearances, 1 block, and 1 interception. He continued his good form throughout the game, marshalling the backline to stay disciplined against a difficult Atleti attack, who managed several shots on target.

Clément Lenglet: 7

Lenglet had a brilliant first half with an immeasurably phenomenal last-ditch interception on Ángel Correa’s shot, which was clear on goal. Much like his defensive compatriot Piqué, the Frenchman remained fairly compact throughout the match, not allowing much space behind the lines for Los Rojiblancos.

Sergiño Dest: 6

Dest was an active participant in the first half, keeping his passes precise and creating danger upfield. He has understood his positioning well and been present for the team on the right flank. The American seemed a lot more productive during the game, enjoying a few nifty runs on the right flank. He seemed a more confident version of himself, as he has been struggling throughout the season.

Frenkie de Jong: 6.5

De Jong had to shift out of his more comfortable role as an interior into the pivot position, with Busquets being subbed off at the 30th-minute mark. As always, the Dutchman displayed his wonderful versatility, filling into Busquets’ role adequately. However, a drop in control in the centre of the park was certainly felt after the 32-year-old pivot was subbed off.

Sergio Busquets: 6

Busquets did well to control the midfield for the first third of the game. Unfortunately, he had to be taken off after clashing heads with Stefan Savić. Barça lost significant control over the game after the Spanish veteran was subbed off. The Blaugranas will be hoping that the Spanish veteran is fit for their next fixture against Levante.

Pedro ‘Pedri’ Gonzalez: 7

Pedri was largely invisible in the first half, unable to make many meaningful contributions. With a suffocated centre of the park, Barça have struggled — through their pair of eighteen-year-old interiors in Pedri and Ilaix Moriba — to control the more experienced Marcos Llorente and Koke.

However, the youngster enjoyed a far more thorough second half, displaying a good control between the spaces. He even executed a cheeky sombrero flick, and a great win-over and flick in the second half, once again displaying his high level of dexterity. The young starlet enjoyed a great game.

Jordi Alba: 6

Alba had a largely uninteresting first half, unable to send his usual threatening crosses into the box. However, he was Barça’s main attacking outlet in the second half, sending several threatening crosses into the box.

Lionel Messi: 8.5

Messi was scintillating from the get-go, being the only danger man for the Blaugranas in what was a tough first half. The Argentinian had his most magical moment of the season yet, after dribbling past an astonishing five Atleti players before having his wonderful shot denied by a world-class Jan Oblak. It was a run from the past, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner leaving Diego Simeone’s whole team for dead.

With three key passes, two shots on target, and five successful dribbles, Messi was the only threatening presence in attack for the Blaugranas.

Antoine Griezmann: 5

The Frenchman was totally invisible in the first half, barely involved in the run of play. Apart from one dynamic shot on target from a difficult position, Griezmann struggled to threaten. While the former Atleti striker’s second half saw a bit more involvement from him, he was still unable to impact the game in any meaningful way.

Substitutes

Ilaix Moriba: 6.5

The youngster replaced Busquets in the 60th minute mark, putting in a fairly convincing shift in the centre of the park.

Ronald Araújo: 8

Coming on for a struggling Mingueza, the Uruguayan defender put in a rock solid shift at right centre-back, rendering Carrasco totally useless in the second half.

Sergi Roberto: 6

The Spanish fullback had no meaningful contribution in the game.

Ousmane Dembélé: 5

The Frenchman was brought on to pose some threat to Atleti’s defence, but was unable to make any impact at all, rather being wasteful on the ball with poor crosses and passes.

As a loyal Cruijjfista and proponent of positional play: modern football, old football, and the future of football will always and forever be dominated by agile, technically, and tactically astute footballers. Having the passion for this club and the privilege to express my views on Barça makes me forever grateful. ¡Visca Barça!