FC Barcelona 2-1 Hamburger SV: Player Ratings

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 24: Deulofeu (R) of Barcelona celebrates after scoring the 2nd goal during the friendly match between Hamburger SV and FC barcelona at Imtech Arena on July 24, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Note: There are no detailed stats for the match, so many of the regular accompaniments to the ratings are absent for today - and indeed the rest of pre-season.

Jose Manuel Pinto 6.0
Minutes played70
Goals Conceded1

Arron says7.0

Standing in for Victor Valdés, this was Pinto’s second successive start for the Blaugrana and for the second match in succession he put in an impressive performance. Pinto was called into action multiple times and for the most part he was equal to Hamburg’s best efforts. He saved a couple of shots from Korean forward Heung-Min Son as Hamburg fought for an equaliser, but despite his best efforts he couldn’t keep out Tolgay Arslan’s fairly tame effort. His distribution wasn’t as good as Tito would have wished, but Pinto is the second choice keeper after all.

Dani Alves 8.1
Minutes played45
Goals Scored1

Arron says8.0

A typical all-action performance from the Brazilian full-back; his performance was energetic, intelligent and decisive in equal measure. In fact, his showing in the first 45 minutes merely proved how ludicrous those exit rumours were – in the absence of Xavi, Iniesta and Messi it was Alves who filled the creative void. Surging up and down the right flank, Alves was always an option for the man in possession and helped create space for the likes of Deulofeu and Afellay to thrive. The only downside was his positioning for the HSV goal, but of course that was down to the mistake in possession more than laziness on his part.

Javier Mascherano 7.1
Minutes played45

Arron says6.0

After last season’s epic transformation to all-conquering centre-half, the pressure is on El Jefecito to not only remain consistent, but also improve. However, he was no-where near his best last night. In particular his attempt at a slide tackle on Heung-Min Son just smacked of desperation, and it was clear that he is not cut out to be a true leader of the defense. Is it a coincidence that both Bartra and Piqué can look shaky when playing next to Mascherano?

Marc Bartra 6.5
Minutes played72

Arron says6.0

As many people noted on the Live Thread, this wasn’t the best performance in Bartra’s career. However, that’s not to say that we should immediately write him off. There were a few glaring errors such as his positioning, but he was in a defense that included two forward-thinking Brazilian full-backs and a converted defensive midfielder. Not only that, but it was the opening match of pre-season playing for a manager that sets his team out very differently to Eusebio. Give him time, give him some experience playing with Carles Puyol and I’m sure Bartra will prove himself to be an adequate Primera Division centre-half.

Adriano Correia 6.2
Minutes played45

Arron says6.0

It was quiet game for Adriano, perhaps influenced by Alves’ runs down the opposite side of the field. After all, with Alves bombing forward someone had to sit back and help the two centre-halves. As Hamburg never truly managed to sustain an extended period of pressure, Adriano was left with little to do.

Jonathan Dos Santos 6.3
Minutes played45

Arron says6.5

This was supposed to be a chance for JDS to shine; a chance to prove his worth to new coach Tito Vilanova and I was left underwhelmed by Jonathan’s performance. Of course, this was only the first match of pre-season so it’s hard to accurately judge whether or not the new faces have what it takes to join the senior squad, but on this showing I would argue that JDS should be loaned out to gain some match experience at the highest level. On the other hand, much like with Bartra, JDS may perform better with Xavi and Andrés Iniesta in support.

Javier Espinosa 5.9
Minutes played45

Arron says6.5

Espinosa was a regular for Eusebio in the B team last season, making 32 appearances in the Segunda division and he put in an encouraging performance yesterday. He wasn’t involved in the play as much as we have grown accustomed to seeing from a Blaugrana midfielder, but when you consider the calibre of opposition and his relative inexperience at this level, Espinosa did very well indeed.

Sergi Roberto 6.3
Minutes played90

Arron says6.5

Sergi Roberto was the only Barcelona player to play the full 90 minutes last night and after his performances for the senior side last season (in particular the matches vs BATE and Osasuna), some saw this as an opportunity for Sergi to make a case for a permanent spot in the first team. As always his ball control and passing was excellent, but he let himself down with a poor header that went well wide of the mark just before the final whistle.

Gerard Deulofeu 7.7
Minutes played45
Goals Scored1

Arron says9.0

For years, Gerard Deulofeu has had to carry the burden of being labelled the "next Lionel Messi". The trouble is, Deulofeu actually resembles Messi’s closest challenger for the Ballon D’Or – yes, Deulofeu is almost a La Masia version of Cristiano Ronaldo. All throughout his first half showing yesterday Gerard posed Hamburg problems with his movement, finishing and also with his skilful yet direct dribbling. Obviously it was Deulofeu who grabbed the winner, but it was also Deulofeu who won the corner which led to the first goal after a run laced with step-overs. Could Deulofeu be the next to be promoted to the senior squad? Based on this performance, I wouldn’t bet against it.

Alexis Sanchez 7.6
Minutes played45
Assists1

Arron says7.0

With Lionel Messi out injured, the onus was on Alexis Sanchez to lead the attacking line, although by the end of his 45 minute appearance, it was clear that Alexis is not quite ready for that role. There is no doubting that he played well, but despite his pace he couldn’t evade challenges of the Hamburg defense. However, it was Sanchez who set up Dani Alves’ opening goal, and if it weren’t for Adler’s heroics or the linesman then Alexis would have also had a goal for his troubles.

Ibrahim Afellay 7.2
Minutes played85

Arron says8.5

After missing virtually the whole of last season, it’s fair to say that we haven’t seen enough of Afellay in a Barcelona shirt since his signing in the winter of 2011, but based upon this performance Ibi is keen to make up for lost time. Positioned initially as the centre-forward in Messi’s absence, Afellay formed one part of a fluid triumvirate last night, switching places with Sanchez and Deulofeu to wreak havoc with the HSV defense. All in all, it was a good all-round performance from the Dutchman who can claim a little bit of credit for the winner as it was his shot that Deulofeu tucked away on the rebound.

Ivan Balliu 5.9
Minutes played22

Arron says7.0

Balliu replaced Dani Alves at the break, filling in at right-back for the second half against what was still a very strong HSV side. In spite of that, Balliu performed admirably and managed to deliver a couple of decent crosses as well. Defensively he was solid, and with Martin Montoya’s promotion, it will be interesting to see how he performs as the undisputed starter for the B team.

Sergi Gomez 5.7
Minutes played45

Arron says6.0

Sergi came on at half-time to replace Javier Mascherano and in truth he had little to do as Hamburg struggled to create chances. Saying that, the chances Hamburg did create were from corners, something one would expect Gomez to defend better against.

Marc Muniesa 5.3
Minutes played11

Arron saysN/A

It was an unfortunate cameo for Marc who only lasted for around 10 minutes before going down with a torn ACL. Muniesa now faces six months on the sidelines.

Carles Planas 5.9
Minutes played45

Arron says6.5

Planas came on at the break, replacing Adriano at left-back, and much like the Brazilian he put in a rather subdued performance. That being said, he dealt with the Hamburg attack well and if Adriano is as injury-prone as last season he may find himself a contender for first team action.

Ilie Sanchez 5.9
Minutes played45

Arron says7.0

In a match that was supposed to be Jonathan’s chance to impress, it was actually Ilie who impressed me most in the midfield. Coming on at the break to replace the Mexican, he appeared more comfortable as an anchor compared to JDS who seemed to be playing more of a playmaker role in the middle of the field. His passing was good, and the Blaugrana did muster more possession in the second half – no doubt thanks to Ilie’s presence in the centre of midfield.

Patric Gabarron 6.0
Minutes played45

Arron says6.5

Patric came on at half-time, replacing Javier Espinosa in midfield and put in an adequate showing. In truth, I didn’t really notice him doing anything of note.

Cristian Lobato 6.3
Minutes played45

Arron says8.0

Lobato replaced Gerard Deulofeu at the interval, and in his 45 minute cameo he put in a stellar performance, perhaps the best of all the players on the field in the second half. He was involved in virtually everything dangerous Barcelona created, and more often than not he was the one taking the shot on goal. Like all La Masia wingers at current, Lobato displayed phenomenal pace, although he did have trouble with his technique at times, lifting a chip well over the bar one minute, before stinging Adler’s gloves from long-range in the next.

Rafinha Alcantara 6.5
Minutes played45

Arron says6.5

After impressing last season for the B team, it was good to see Rafinha getting a chance in the first team, coming on at the interval to replace Alexis as the false #9. More of a goal-scoring attacking midfielder than a striker, he struggled to impose himself on the game, but he was involved in one of the better chances of that second period looping a corner to the far post, which was headed back towards the penalty spot only for Bartra to send the ball into the crowd behind Adler’s goal.

Joan Angel Roman 6.2
Minutes played45

Arron says6.5

Joan Angel Roman is one of the many signings made by the B team this summer, and Sergio Araujo aside, Roman is the one that excites us the most. Signed from Manchester City, Joan Angel was superb last season for their "Elite Development Squad", the highlight of his season undoubtedly being this goal scored against Stockport. Replacing Ibrahim Afellay at half-time yesterday, Roman played well, but couldn’t quite reach the (goal-scoring) standards he has shown for the B team earlier in pre-season.

Oier Olazabal 5.8
Minutes played20

Arron saysN/A

Oier came on with roughly 15-20 minutes left to play, and didn’t do enough to warrant a full rating.

The Team 7.3
Shots/Shots on Target13/6
Fouls Won/Committed12/9

Arron says7.5

Taking the first half as the performance of the senior team, I think Barcelona played well, but nothing more than that. As usual, Barca were fluid in attack, but were plagued by lapses in concentration such as the mistake that led to Hamburg’s equaliser, or some of the attempted back-passes. Possession retention will improve as pre-season continues and as the regulars come back into the side, so there definitely is room for improvement.

Tito Vilanova 7.1

Arron says7.5

Some criticised him for the amount of substitutions he made, and the manner in which he made them, but aside from that, this game did give us a glimpse of what Tito Vilanova is like as a coach. Tactically, this Barcelona were very similar to Pep’s Barca, although that was expected, and in a sense that’s the biggest compliment you could pay him at such an early stage in his managerial career.

MOTM - Deulofeu 36%

Arron saysDeulofeu

The first man of the match award of the 2012/13 season goes to Gerard Deulofeu who fought off the challenge of Dani Alves to win by 7% - and deservedly so.

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