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Galatasaray 1-2 Barcelona: Player Ratings

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Barcelona marched into the Nef Stadium with a fair bit of idea of what to expect from Galatasaray and the home crowd. What they had in mind and what was presented must have differed, though, because Barcelona, for the majority of that first half, looked absolutely rattled.

Eric Garcia kept losing his footing, while Adama Traore looked more predictable than ever. Jordi Alba and Ferran Torres looked nervy as well, and it’s never a good sign watching Sergio Busquets misplace passes you expect him to make with a blindfold on.

The inevitable happened twice in that game. One when Galatasaray took the lead in the first half, and again when Xavi’s side took the game by the scruff of the neck and put it to bed in the second.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 5

Not a lot ter Stegen could have done for the goal, or otherwise, with either of the two shots he made. Lost the ball carelessly on two occasions, both of which started counters for the hosts.

Sergino Dest: 9

Absolutely mammoth display from Sergino Dest today, who was everywhere today. He started the game a bit slow, but showed intent every time he was on the ball thereon.

Created a lot of space for other players with his sensational footwork and dribbling. Was also a force to be reckoned with defensively, as he did not allow Kerem Akturkoglu any space. Arguably his best player in a Barça shirt.

Gerard Pique: 8.5

Solid as ever in the heart of the defence, Pique held the backline together all game. He was positioned perfectly to stop almost every attack, and was flawless in possession, losing the ball just five times.

Eric Garcia: 5

Not one for high-pressure situations? (Photo by KEMAL ASLAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The decision to start Garcia over Ronald Araujo did not prove to be an excellent one as the Spaniard looked very shaky since the start. Came close to making two errors leading to goal as well.

Jordi Alba: 6

Far from Alba’s best game, who was rattled by the home crowd easily. Was seen shouting at Ferran Torres just before Barcelona conceded. Eventually got a hold of himself, and did an excellent job off the ball — mostly in the form of riling up the crowd and the opposition.

Frenkie de Jong: 6.5

An average game from de Jong, who missed a sitter in the early stages of the game. Made of up for that with a well-thought-out assist to Aubameyang for the winning goal.

Sergio Busquets: 6

One of Busquets’ worst performances of the season as he could not match up to Gala’s press in midfield. Did not have his head above water for the majority of the first half.

Pedri: 8.5

Goalscorers. (Photo by KEMAL ASLAN/AFP via Getty Images)

This could have been on course to be one of Pedri’s most underwhelming games at Barça, given the opening minutes. The Golden Boy picked it up, though, scoring the equaliser in sensational fashion, faking three defenders in the box. It was all uphill from there as he build momentum and was at the heart of every move.

Adama Traore: 4.75

Awfully predictable throughout the first half, Adama was the first player to be subbed off.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 8.25

Cannot stop scoring. (Photo by KEMAL ASLAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Aubameyang showed his experience tonight by keeping his calm throught the game. His hold-up play, defensive work, and off-the-ball runs were spectacular, to say the least. The goal was the cherry on top of what was already a top-notch game.

Ferran Torres: 6

Torres looked slow and hazed in the first half, which was best evident when he lost his man during Gala’s corner that led to the opener.

SUBSTITUTES:

Ousmane Dembele: 7

Barcelona’s attack looked a lot more fluid with Dembele on the pitch. He was available to collect loose balls and helped drive the game to shore.

Ronald Araujo: 7

Araujo came on at right-back for the injured Dest and put in several game-winning, crunching tackles.

Gavi: 6

Gavi was tenacious as ever out of possession, and silky smooth on it. Helped up the tempo by several notches, too.

Memphis Depay: 7.5

Memphis came on at the 82nd minute, but was unlucky to not walk away with a goal and/or an assist. He showed intent and fought for the ball each minute he was on the pitch.

Clement Lenglet: 7

The Frenchman came on for Pique and had quite the task at hand with the game at 1-2. Did well when called into action.

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