João Cancelo – 8/10
I hesitate to even categorize him as a defender in this one, as he was inverted into the midfield for much of the night. However, he performed very well. Linking up with Raphinha, Gündoğan, Gavi, and really everyone, he showed his quality once more. Xavi obviously had his role in the squad quite clear from the beginning, because Cancelo has put in a good few performances so far.
Jules Koundé – 8/10
Koundé is on a path to real stardom if he’s able to keep this up. Once again, he could barely put a foot wrong today. While there wasn’t much defending to do, what little there was was quickly snuffed out. His passing remained excellent yet measured, and he even got forward a few times into dangerous areas.
Andreas Christensen – 7/10
Once again, pretty good from Christensen. Wasn’t asked to do much, and didn’t. His passing was good as ever, though. He also kept the defensive line high, catching Antwerp offside when they thought they had a good chance. Christensen is about as dependable a backup as you could ask for (assuming Araújo’s health, of course).
Balde – 7/10
I want to say Balde is on the same level as Gavi and Pedri, but I can’t quite get there just yet. While he does a lot of good things – a lot – his final pass and decision making out on that wing just aren’t quite good enough yet. There were a couple of times he really should’ve done better with the cross or found an open teammate in the box. While this may sound harsh, I’m only focusing on what he has left to improve. We know he’s absolutely quick, decisive defensively, and remains a constant threat down that left side. If he can improve that final touch, sky’s the limit for him.
Sergi Roberto – 6/10
Came on in the 76th minute for Cancelo. Looked good out there, although not much was asked of him defensively. He had a few nice passes, which was good to see, but not much to write home about in this one.