João Félix – 6
Didn’t do anything outwardly bad, but he wasn’t very good. He was part of the quagmire the whole team was in. His movement, association with others, and positioning wasn’t at the high level it was in the last matches. He was another player that looked somewhat tired or uninspired. A couple of moments where you thought something might happen, and he did hit the post, but other than that lackluster.
Raphinha – 7
Barça’s best player in the first half. On several occasions, he looked dangerous, both on the wing and cutting inside. His goal was a thing of beauty, and a classic Raphinha strike – a left-footed missile into the bottom corner. He played well off Gündoğan, which was nice to see. However, he missed what really should’ve been the second, as he was one on one with the keeper. He made quite a few more silly mistakes in the second half. Misplaced passes, heavy touches, etc. Overall, a good game but could’ve stayed more consistent.
Ferran Torres – 6
Ferran’s strength as a central player is his ability to make runs in behind the center backs and draw defenders away from others. His runs in this one, however, went largely unnoticed. He was given a couple of chances where he really should’ve done better. His movement was fine, but not up to his recent standards. There was space to be found in this Mallorca defense, but no one could seem to find it tonight.
Lewandowski – 6.5
The Polish striker has certainly looked a lot better as of late, and he looked fine in this one. He missed Félix out there, as he began to drift left when Félix came out. He didn’t exactly have many chances, but he did leave it off beautifully for Fermín to score the equalizer at 2-2.
Lamine Yamal – 8
Came on for Félix in the 64th minute. Very good from him in this one, albeit in a limited role. Almost from the first moment, he was making things happen, taking on players and getting into the box. He was able to get some good crosses in and made some nice passes to Raphinha. He almost drew a penalty, as well, but the referee eventually decided against it. Should it have been a penalty? Maybe….
It may be a product of the incredibly busy schedule, but Barça looked tired and off in this one. They weren’t as dominant as they were against Betis, and they didn’t even look as good offensively as they did against Celta. What do you think? Were they tired, or is there still something deeper here that Xavi hasn’t figured out yet?