Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Player Ratings

Barcelona hosted arguably the most in-form team in Spain today as Atletico Madrid visited the Olympic Saint Montjuic for La Liga gameweek 15.

Xavi’s men were not ready to take any prisoners, and put everything on the line from minute one, creating chances and running the show. In fact, Atleti should count themselves lucky they were not 2-0 down by 20 minutes.

Eventually, Barça came through with Joao Felix scoring a brilliant goal against his former club. Despite creating a bunch of chances through the game, though, the scored stayed the same as they climbed over Atletico in the table.

Inaki Pena: 8

Did not have too ‘saving’ to do in the first-half, but credit where credit is due, his distribution was excellent, and especially came through during Felix’s goal.

Pulled off two incredible stop in the second 45, though, preventing Memphis Depay from scoring a free-kick, and then in injury time, keeping the three points alive.

Jules Kounde: 8

A tremendous performance from Kounde at right-back, who was running rings around Rodrigo de Paul and Rodrigo Riquelme along with Raphinha. Created a huge chance for Lewandowski, and was a iron pillar defensively.

Ronald Araujo: 7

Came through with a clutch goal-line clearance early on, and was solid as ever in central defence. He was, however, brutally bodied by Marcos Llorente that nearly led to a goal.

Andreas Christensen: 7

Replaced Inigo Martinez in the lineup last-minute, and put in a superb performance, which is the least Barcelona fans expect from the Danish international at this point. Was neat and tidy in possession.

Joao Cancelo: 7

Cancelo combined well with Felix and Lewandowski on the flank and put in a few dangerous crosses, as well.

Frenkie de Jong: 9

It has become increasingly clear that Frenkie de Jong runs this Barcelona setup. Dropped in between the CBs as a half-back, and ran the show as the first receiver. Also made a huge block in the box preventing Griezmann from equalising.


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Author : Udhav Arora

Publish date : 2023-12-03 21:57:18

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