Ronald Araujo – 5
Came off around the 30-minute mark with what appears to be a hamstring injury. The first Tottenham goal came down the left and Araujo was flat-footed and caught too far upfield, allowing the runner in behind that led directly to a goal. Again, it’s not his natural position so we can hardly blame him. Barcelona absolutely has to get a new RB in this window, someone who’s natural in the position.
Jules Kounde – 6.5
Didn’t really see much of Kounde, and for a centre back that’s absolutely fine. His pace is handy at the back and his ability to play from the back is perfect for Xavi’s system. A lot of the time De Jong comes to get the ball, so not a lot is asked of him offensively. Solid game all around.
Eric Garcia – 6
Gave away numerous fouls on the night, and got caught ball-watching in the first half which led to a good opportunity for Solomon. Didn’t do a lot wrong overall, but still goes down far too easily and still concedes too many fouls. Also had a couple of stray balls, not being on the same page with his teammates. Overall not a bad game.
Alejandro Balde – 6
Was asked to do a lot down the left with Gavi constantly coming inside to create that four-man central midfielder that Xavi likes to use. Always a willing runner and defended well with plenty of pace, but wasn’t quite able to put that end product on the field. Balde is always one of the best outlets for Barca, but it didn’t quite click. I would have liked to have seen him play with Ansu Fati and Abde, but he was subbed as they came on.
Sergi Roberto – 6
Came off the bench for Araujo in the first half and one of his first contributions was to stand off Perisic and let him pick out Oliver Skipp for Tottenham’s second goal. You can’t give players like Perisic the time to control the ball, look up and pick out a cross from inside the box, can’t happen. In the second half, he was much better, defensively very sound and played the simple passes, which is all you want him to do.
Marcos Alonso – 7.5
I thought Alonso played really well when he came on. Constantly offered an outlet down the left, a real willingness to get forward. Put a couple of good balls into the box, forced the keeper into a save from a free kick and gave up very little defensively. His best performance of the pre-season.