Elche 0-4 Barcelona: Player Ratings
Barcelona took a trip to southeast Spain to face Elche in a battle of the polar opposites. 55 points separated the two before the match started, and unsurprisingly, it grew to 58 by the end of the night.
Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for the Catalans in the first half after Ronald Araujo’s header found him unmarked in the box.
And as Elche tried to press high in an attempt to equalise, their defence was opened up by Barcelona’s wingers and midfielders. Ansu Fati got on the end of the action in the 56th minute, before Lewandowski got his brace in ten minutes later.
Ferran Torres put the game to bed for once and for all with a lovely finish in the 70th minute.
Following the game and Barcelona’s 15-point lead on top of the table, Barça Universal runs the rule over those wearing the Senyera tonight.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 7
Did not have much to do in the box, with Elche ending with just two shots on target at the end of the night.
Jules Kounde: 7
Brilliant, as always, defensively, cutting all progression from the wing. Came close to scoring as well, but was blocked on the line.
Ronald Araujo: 7.5
Solid performance from the Uruguayan ahead of another El Clasico in midweek. Got the assist for the opening goal.
Marcos Alonso: 8
Another top-notch display from Marcos Alonso, who cleared everything in his way, and was also faultless in possession. Long balls, switches, line-breaking passes, the Spaniard had the entire arsenal today.
Jordi Alba: 8.5
Added solid offensive depth from the wing, creating a couple of chances. Also had a last-man tackle to go along with his solid game.
Arguably the man of the match tonight, Gavi was everywhere in the midfield, recovering balls to start counter attacks. He was also unflustered against Elche’s mid-block, playing the ball out with ease. Ended up with an assist, as well.
Eric Garcia: 7
His first game as a pivot, and he was largely solid throughout. Positionally a bit suspect at times, but progressively solid as expected.
Sergi Roberto: 7
Made a few line-breaking runs through the Elche midfield, and created danger in the final third. Could have had an assist on any other day.
Ferran Torres: 8.5
Playing in his preferred right-winger role, Ferran was brilliant. Created three chances, got an assist, and then a goal to cap off a solid performance.
Robert Lewandowski: 8.5
Could have had a hattrick, but that does not, in any way, take away from his super finishing tonight. Took it upon himself to break the deadlock from an impossible angle, and then added another on the counter.
Ansu Fati: 7
Was a bit flustered in the first-half, but eventually got the goal that should be huge for his confidence. Has to do better with his chances, though.
Franck Kessie: 6
Did well to come on and help maintain the lead.
Pablo Torre: 5
Had around 15 minutes to make the difference – which is not a lot -, but he should be doing better with his passing choice.
Aleix Garrido: N/A
Did not get to do a lot on his debut.