An assertive victory at Camp Nou helped seal 3 vital points for Barça as Messi, Fati, Coutinho, Pedri and Dembélé stamped their name on the score-sheet. Having displayed immense fluidity, rhythmic build-up plays and aesthetically pleasing passing sequences which opened up the opposition’s rigid back-line on innumerable occasions, it’s fair to assume the club look in fine kick before the long-awaited El Clásico. Here are the player ratings of Barcelona’s triumphant 5-1 victory over Ferencvarós.
While the Brazilian goalkeeper was hardly ever forced to move a muscle besides the penalty he conceded, his awareness was top notch and distribution immensely accurate. Neto came out of his line to restrict the danger on various occasions and is certainly proving to be an undeniable asset in Ter Stegen’s absence. He’ll be looking to continue his form in the upcoming Clásico.
Gerard Piqué: 5/10
From hero to zero: Gerard Piqué’s impressive performance was completely outdone by the needless foul he committed in the 68th minute of the game, not only receiving a red card which will rule him out of the game against Juventus; but also rewarding the Hungarian side with a penalty they managed to utilize. Piqué was reliable aerially and imposing on the ground, but as he nears the age of retirement, the Spanish veteran seems to have lost a great deal of pace; as was proven by the error he made.
Clement Lenglet: 7.5/10
The Frenchman marshaled Barça’s back-line with tremendous authority and helped his side keep Ferencváros’ nifty forwards at bay for a majority of the game. Displaying some crucial interceptions and asserting his dominance in nearly every duel, Lenglet was as solid as a rock. Although he looked shaky whenever the opposition initiated counter-attacking plays early in the fixture, he maintained his composure and grew into the game gradually.
Sergio Roberto: 7/10
After a fairly mediocre performance at the Alfonso Perez, Sergio Roberto stepped up for the Blaugranas and reminded Culés why he is still an essential figure at the club. Making some darting runs up-field, the Catalan right back combined exceedingly well with Trincão and always offered himself as a threat in the final third. However, even in the defensive aspect, Roberto reigned supreme, winning 7 out of his 8 ground duels and making 4 tackles. The Clásico is particularly a fixture Roberto cherishes and he’ll be hankering to continue his established form.
Sergiño Dest: 6.5/10
The former Ajax man once again showed encouraging signs, even in a role he isn’t typically associated with. Dest was constantly linking up with Ansu Fati and spent a considerable amount of the game up-field, especially since he was hardly challenged in his own half.
Frenkie De Jong: 7.5/10
It appears that Ronald Koeman finally extracted the best version of Frenkie De Jong as the Dutchman exhibited an exuberant 90 minutes of football. Partnering alongside Miralem Pjanic seemed to have gifted Frenkie with a great deal of freedom, which he unfailingly put to good use. The highlight of his half was when he provided Ansu with a beautiful lob, assisting the youngster for the second goal of the night. In addition, De Jong looked reliable defensively.
Miralem Pjanic: 6.5/10
The Bosnian did an effective job replacing Busquets, playing the perfect supporting role for Frenkie in midfield. Pjanic played some laudable long balls and covered a lot of distance in the 60 minutes he had on the field. Although individually he didn’t truly stand out, it could be argued he helped complement De Jong sufficiently.
Philippe Coutinho: 8/10
Another day, another Coutinho masterclass. The Brazilian magician has been an utter joy to watch over the last few weeks and once again made his presence count with a neat finish in the far post after proceedings. Philippe managed to press valiantly and offer himself as a reliable outlet in possession. If Koeman yearns to grasp a convincing win in the upcoming clash against Real Madrid, Coutinho would have to replicate such performances.
Lionel Messi: 8.5/10
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The Argentine talisman found himself back in the scoring sheets as Messi converted an early penalty to give the Catalans the lead. While it almost feels like ages since Leo scored from open play, Messi was at his usual best on the field, taking on defenders, assisting teammates, and influencing the game throughout the course of the game. Without Griezmann hindering him, Leo was constantly situated in the center of the field where he could dictate play effortlessly. This version of Messi would be quintessential for Barça against Real Madrid.
Fransisco Trincão: 7.5/10
Trincão truly lit up the right wing with his presence, and finally gave Culés the satisfaction of seeing both flanks so full of life. The Portuguese winger stretched the opposition on countless occasions and allowed the Azulgranas to find spaces to exploit with his admirable off the ball movement. Fransisco was excellent in possession, certainly making a strong case for himself to start on Saturday.
Ansu Fati: 8/10
Ansu Fati scored a crucial goal for the hosts, helping his side grasp 3 vital points. Fati, at the tender age of 17, has already established himself as a regular scorer at the club as he continues to make huge strides. After taking a couple of promising shots at goal, Ansu finally found the back of the net with a terrific finish, which came as a result of a marvelous De Jong assist. Having played a total of 60 minutes, he’d be an indispensable asset this coming Saturday.