Tuesday 23 January 2018

Player ratings from Barcelona's thumping win over Real Madrid

Barcelona players celebrate winning after the match
Barcelona players celebrate winning after the match

It was all too easy for Barcelona against arch rivals today as they wiped the floor with Real Madrid - even with Lionel Messi starting from the bench. Here is how the players rated.


Keylor Navas: Could not do much about any of the goals and helped prevent an even bigger scoreline, including a fine finger-tip save to keep out a Neymar free-kick. 6/10.

Danilo: Could not keep fellow Brazilian Neymar quiet and was part of a Madrid defence that was torn apart time after time. 4

Raphael Varane: Madrid's defensive record was the second-best in La Liga coming into the match, but the highly-rated Varane and his colleagues simply could not cope with Barca's pace, movement and passing in attack. 4

Football - Real Madrid v Barcelona - Liga BBVA - Santiago Bernabeu - 21/11/15 Barcelona's Luis Suarez in action with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos Reuters / Paul Hanna Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Sergio Ramos: This defeat will have hurt long-serving defender Ramos as much as anyone, but he could have few complaints about the final scoreline. 4

Marcelo: Made a crucial goalline headed clearance to deny Suarez before the interval, but spurned a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-1 immediately after the break. That could have changed the game and he was replaced soon after. 4

James Rodriguez: Twice drew saves from Bravo, the second a good effort during Madrid's purple patch at the start of the second half, but otherwise did not have the impact he would have wanted. 4.

Toni Kroos: Was unable to nullify Iniesta as the Barcelona captain and his team-mates took charge of the midfield battle. 4

Luka Modric: Madrid would have wanted Modric to have the kind of performance Iniesta had for Barca, but the Croatia schemer was not given the time or possession to create much in the attacking third. 4

Gareth Bale: Made some good late passes through to Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema but, like most of his team-mates, simply could not get enough of the ball. 4

Karim Benzema: Saw a late header well saved by Bravo but offered Madrid little up front as Rafael Benitez's men were forced to play second-fiddle to a dominant Barcelona outfit. 4

The Gareth Bale to Manchester United rumours have started again

Cristiano Ronaldo: The club's record goalscorer was denied one-on-one by Bravo as Madrid sought a consolation goal but aside from that rarely looked like adding to his eight league goals this season. 4


Isco (on for Rodriguez, 54): Shown a straight red for horrible challenge on Neymar. 2

Dani Carvajal (on for Marcelo, 59): Added some forward thrust and aggression, but it made little difference. 4


Claudio Bravo: Made a number of crucial saves to deny Madrid any sniff of a comeback, with the highlights being second-half stops from James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. 8

Dani Alves: Fortunate to escape a bear hug on Ronaldo inside the area in the first half, but helped keep Madrid's expensively-assembled attack fairly quiet. 7.

Barcelona's Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique: Commanding presence at the heart of defence and ensured Benzema barely got a look in. Mercilessly jeered by the Madrid fans, but he had the last laugh. 8

Javier Mascherano: Limped off after 26 minutes with what looked to be a groin injury. 6

Jordi Alba: Solid in defence and got forward when he needed to down the left, although his marauding attacking runs were not really needed on this occasion. 7

Sergio Busquets: Quietly efficient as usual in the heart of the Barcelona midfield, kept the team ticking over. 7

Ivan Rakitic: Full of running on his return to the line-up after injury before replaced at the start of the second half. 7

Sergi Roberto: Brilliant run and pass for Suarez's opener, but missed a great chance to make it 2-0. It did not matter though and he helped Barca stay in control. 7

Andres Iniesta: Set up Neymar's goal, scored a brilliant third and was outstanding throughout. Given a standing ovation by the Madrid crowd when he was replaced late on, summing up his performance. 9

Luis Suarez: Two fine finishes for Barca's first and last goals and could have had at least two more on the night. A constant pest to the Madrid backline. 8.

Football - Real Madrid v Barcelona - Liga BBVA - Santiago Bernabeu - 21/11/15 Neymar celebrates with Andres Iniesta after scoring the second goal for Barcelona Reuters / Juan Medina Livepic

Neymar: Like Suarez, Neymar never gave Madrid a quiet moment and his goal just before the break to make it 2-0 pretty much killed Madrid off. Superb back-heel for Iniesta's third before being the victim of a vicious kick by Isco late on which saw the home midfielder sent off. 8


Jeremy Mathieu (on for Mascherano, 26): Ensured the early loss of Mascherano was not felt. 7

Lionel Messi (on for Rakitic, 55): Nice circumstances to make his comeback from a lengthy injury lay-off after coming on with his side 3-0 up. Created chance for Suarez and was involved in the Uruguayan's second goal. 7

Munir El Haddadi (on for Iniesta 76): Missed great opportunity to make it 5-0 from Neymar pass. 6

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