Eric Garcia (8/10)
Garcia, who has struggled to get ahead of the likes of Christensen and Alonso to start in the defence all season, may have found a new lifeline through his encouraging performance in the middle of the park. The Spaniard looked relaxed as a pivot. It’s too early to talk about him replacing Sergio Busquets, but the fact Xavi praised him in the post-match conference following his very first outing in the position will give the Barcelona academy talent a lot of confidence.
Apart from the number on his shirt (from 6 to 30), nothing was different for Gavi in Barcelona colours following the controversial and underwhelming international break. Kounde failed to convert his cut-back, but Lewandowski’s finish for the third goal made sure the Golden Boy returned home him with an assist. However, on his way out, the Spain international was booed by the home crowd.
Sergi Roberto (7/10)
He often doesn’t get enough credit from Barca fans for his role in the squad, but Roberto has made Xavi’s job easier in recent months by filling in at different positions. The 31-year-old’s versatility was on show yet again, as he started the game in the middle of the park and then later in the game slotted in at right-back. His pass to Fati in the 14th minute, in particular, was beautiful.