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Espanyol 2-4 Barcelona: Player Ratings

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It’s celebration time in Catalunya as Barcelona have officially won the 2022/23 La Liga season with a spectacular 2-4 win against Espanyol tonight. It is their first title since the 2018/19 season.

It is especially sweet given how dominant they have been throughout the season, while also taking the title away from none other than arch-rivals Real Madrid.

The Catalans were at the peak of their powers tonight, killing off the game in the first half itself, scoring three to the good.

Robert Lewandowski got a brace, while Alejandro Balde and Jules Kounde got a goal each in the win tonight.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 8

Made some exceptional saves tonight, including a few 1v1s. Very unlucky to not be awarded with a clean sheet at the end of the day.

Jules Kounde: 8

Much better offensively tonight, making several overlapping runs off Raphinha’s wing. Got his first goal of the season, too, with a spectacular header. Could have done better about the goal conceded, though.

Ronald Araujo: 8.5

By far and large the best defender on the night, Araujo was solid as ever. He intercepted pretty much everything thrown his way. The backline did not look nearly as convincing as soon as he was taken off.

Andreas Christensen: 8.5

Consistently brilliant as he is always is, Christensen was nearly impeccable in the back-four. Passed with elegance and was largely faultless through the game.

Alejandro Balde: 9

Ending the game with a goal and assist to his name, Balde was arguably the best player on the night for Barcelona. His menacing runs opened up the Espanyol defence every few minutes, and he eventually got his first goal of the season for his efforts, too.

Pedri: 8.5

Broke lines with ease and eventually opened his assist tally on the night with a superb cross for Balde’s goal.

Sergio Busquets: 8

Captain Busquets kept up his brilliant form as he commanded the centre of the pitch with faultless precision. Could have had an assist (to Raphinha) on another day, too.

Frenkie de Jong: 9

De Jong pierced through the Espanyol midfield with ease tonight, making line-breaking runs through pressure. Played a sensational pass for Kounde’s goal, too.

Raphinha: 8

Raphinha reaches seven assists for the season, setting up Lewandowski for his second goal of the night. He almost forced a penalty, too, in another top game for the Brazilian.

Robert Lewandowski: 9

Opened the scoring in the 11th minute, courtesy of Alejandro Balde, and got another one int he 40th minute. Another game when the hattrick looked inevitable, but did not happen, alas.

Gavi: 7

Starting on the left-wing, Gavi dropped deep to connect the midfield to the attack brilliantly and started some lovely moves from the middle third.

SUBSTITUTES:

Jordi Alba: 7.5

Ousmane Dembele: 6

Marcos Alonso: 4.5

Ansu Fati: 5.5

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