Another performance that I thought was a bit better than decent. He had a few successful dribbles and threatened Courtois a few times, especially in the first 30 minutes. He showed some character, at least, and pressured high and well. He tracked back well defensively, as he is used to doing. He also showcased a nice first touch on several long passes. However, he did lose the ball quite a few times, and wasn’t able to quite win the battle on the right side against Eduardo Camavinga. A mixed bag, but definitely not the worst player out there tonight.
Robert Lewandowski (5/10)
Something must come over players when they sign for Barcelona that forbids them from just attempting shots on goal when they’ve got a chance. Lewandowski had a few golden opportunities in the first half to at least get a shot off, but he failed to do so. He did have a good attempt that forced a great save from Courtois, and his hold-up and link-up play in the first half was quite good. However, another disappointing showing from him. They needed more.
Ansu Fati (6/10)
Ansu came on in the 59th minute and showed a little bit of wiggle and pace. He tried a few interesting passes and a dummy that didn’t quite work out, but you can’t blame him for trying. Apart from that, he didn’t do much of anything. Wasn’t quite a ghost in the match, but certainly wasn’t as involved as you’d like.
Ferran Torres (2/10)
Ferran came on in the 66th minute and proceeded to do nothing. By nothing, I don’t mean that he was invisible like Ansu and Sergi Roberto were; he was actively quite bad. He lost possession way too easily, misplaced almost every pass, and couldn’t complete a dribble to save his life. He had a chance to attempt a fairly open shot and didn’t take it, instead looping in a bad cross. The only thing he did in a halfway decent manner was take a couple of semi-dangerous free kicks. However, to sum it up:
Eric García (6/10)
He also came on in the 66th minute, but none of the goals were his fault and there wasn’t really anything he could’ve done on the last one. His passing forward was fine, as it usually is, but not much else to say about his performance, as he didn’t have much prominence.
Suffice to say, this wasn’t a good match for FC Barcelona, even if the result was just a tad bit unfair. The truth is, they didn’t deserve to win after falling apart at the start of the second half. The whole team went from mighty to mouse, and the result showed that for Barça the mental game is still just as important as the physical. All that’s left now to do for Xavi’s men is focus on La Liga and make sure the season ends with a title.