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Mallorca 0-1 Barcelona: Player Ratings

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Barcelona returned to action after a fortnight of international matches as they took on Mallorca away from home.

After a hectic two weeks, and ahead of a key month in the season, Xavi made a few changes to the starting lineup. Raphinha was rested in favour of Ansu Fati, while Pedri made way for Franck Kessie in midfield.

In defence, with Sergi Roberto still not completely fit, Hector Bellerin, Jules Kounde, and Ronald Araujo injured, Alejandro Balde got the nod to start at right-back. Jordi Alba was deployed on the right, with Gerard Pique starting in the centre with Andreas Christensen.

Credit where credit is due, Mallorca continued their stellar defending this season, keeping Barcelona in check through the first 45.

A moment of individual brilliance from Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock, though, which was enough to guide the Blaugranes to three points.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 7.5

Made a superb reflex save to deny Jaume Costa in the first-half, and was flawless in possession with a 93% passing accuracy.

Alejandro Balde: 6.5

Did not look too uncomfortable out of position, making some darting runs from deep. Had some trouble dealing with Kang-in Lee, initially, though.

Gerard Pique: 7

Pique was flawless as ever, in possession, but had to resort to some rough fouls to stop Mallorca’s counter-attacks. Aerially, Mallorca’s crosses and long balls to Vedat Muqiri were no match for the Spaniard.

Andreas Christensen: 7

Christensen never took too long on the ball, progressing it out before being pressed. He also made a couple of solid improvised clearances, pushing Mallorca to reset.

Jordi Alba: 6.5

Alba inverted into midfield comfortably throughout the game, and played 100 passes, with a 95% accuracy.

Franck Kessie: 6

Kessie’s best qualities are being highlighted playing as a hyper-aggressive eight. While he occupied the defenders very well, it often left a gaping hole in the centre of the park. Almost created an excellent chance for Lewa, though.

Sergio Busquets: 8

Coming off a solid international break, the captain casually dropped a masterclass which will, almost undoubtedly, go unnoticed. He picked out Barcelona’s attackers with lobbed passes with near perfection, and as always, dictated play like no one else from the heart of the midfield.

Gavi: 7

Shockingly, Gavi was not booked tonight despite committing four fouls. His impact was far more multi-layered than that, though, as he made some clever line-breaking passes, dictated play from deep, and completed 100% of his passes.

Ousmane Dembele: 5.5

Dembele looked far from his best, tonight, which is huge praise for Mallorca given the Frenchman’s electrifying form all year.

Robert Lewandowski: 8.5

The best player on the pitch by some margin, the Pole not only scored a brilliant goal, but dropped deep to open the game for his peers. He kept pressing the opposition backline and, on another day, could have had another goal before 90.

Ansu Fati: 7

The missed Spain call-up has evidently impacted Fati, who looked sharper than in his previous games. Got an assist to his name to start the game, but his impact eventually decreased as the ball kept rolling.

SUBSTITUTES

Pedri: 5

Brought on slow down the game, Pedri did not quite have the impact Xavi wished for, as Mallorca continued to press and find counter-attacks.

Raphinha: 5.5

Created a chance after coming on, which is all he could hope for in 23 minutes.

Sergi Roberto: 6

Made progressing the ball much easier from the right, but too little too late.

Ferran Torres: N/A

Came on too late to warrant a rating.

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