Sergi Roberto (c) – 4
Where to start. He was pretty bad today, straight up. Defensively, he was a shambles, at times making Villareal left-back Pedraza look like prime Mbappé. Whenever he dropped into Baena’s space, he simply didn’t have the ability to get back to the right back spot and play competent defense. Lamine Yamal didn’t drop back to help him out much, as Raphinha would’ve done, but even still. He was also responsible for allowing Juan Foyth a headed goal when he lost his marking. A bad showing, one that further highlights the need for João Cancelo and a healthy Araújo. Roberto, while being the captain of this squad, simply doesn’t have the attributes necessary to play right back against even a competent offensive team.
Jules Koundé – 7.5
This one was obviously a more difficult one for Barça’s defense today, but the best player at the back was Koundé. He had to deal with Alexander Sørloth, and did quite well. Good in the air, effective with the ball, and just generally not easy to get by. He’s somewhat quietly putting together a great start to the season, at center back or at right back. Very nice.
Andreas Christensen – 5
A bit of a shaky one from him today. He was also dealing with Sørloth, but the rest of the game wasn’t quite as good. He misplaced quite a few passes, was a bit late getting to his spots, and wasn’t his usual self. He was subbed off at halftime due to some discomfort, and replaced by Eric. A game he’ll want to forget soon and move on.
Marcos Alonso – 6
Started off shaky, with a miscommunication on the defensive line that almost led to the opener for Villareal. However, as the match went on, he improved steadily. At this point, we know what Alonso is – a player that’s dangerous going forward but shouldn’t necessarily be trusted at the back.
Eric García – 7
Good one from him. Played out well from the back, kept possession, and didn’t allow any danger to get past him. Good under pressure, as well, when Villareal went down 3-4.