Supercopa de España: FC Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid: Player Ratings

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 23: Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the Super Cup first leg match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on August 23, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Victor Valdes 2.8
Minutes played90

Arron says-4

I don’t even know what to write. All I know is that his 2.8 rating is by far the lowest we have ever seen on this blog, and it accurately sums up his performance. Without the concession of that second goal, I think Valdés was on course for a fairly mediocre rating of between 6 and 7, so with that in mind, I’ve given him a rating of -4. Is that low enough? Check back in a week to find out.

Dani Alves 7.2
Minutes played90
Shots/Shots on Target2/1
Fouls Committed1

Arron says7.5

Another measured performance from our favourite Brazilian full-back (sorry Adriano) who not only came close to scoring, but also put the shackles on a certain Portuguese winger – at least in open play. A couple of highlights come to mind, the first being his low shot (cross?) which forced a save from Iker Casillas/could have set up Lionel Messi, and the second being an excellent sliding challenge on Ronaldo at around the 65 minute mark. Unfortunately there isn’t a video that I can find on the net, but the tackle did win Barcelona a throw-in which started a sequence of play which led to the penalty.

Javier Mascherano 7.7
Minutes played90
Assists1
Fouls Committed3

Arron says7.5

Javier Mascherano was excellent last night, as he stopped multiple Madrid attacks before they could test Valdés in the Barcelona goal and displayed some excellent passing considering his defensive position to create the equaliser. It was Mascherano’s first assist in a Blaugrana shirt, and it might just have been the perfect time to get it. Other than that, Mourinho’s defensive attitude meant that he had little to do – other than pick up a yellow card.

Gerard Pique 7.7
Minutes played90
Shots/Shots on Target2/0
Offsides1
Fouls Committed1

Arron says9.5

Geri is back! After impressing in the summer’s European Championships and all throughout pre-season, Gerard Piqué finally got the opportunity to fight for his place (back) in the Barcelona XI, and judging by this performance he has won in resounding fashion. Piqué was an absolute colossus at the heart of defense, and aside from one moment where Ronaldo beat him for agility, nothing got past him. Not satisfied with stopping last season’s most potent strike-force, Piqué also involved himself in a few Barca attacks and nearly scored with a header of his own, but he couldn’t quite direct his powerful effort on target.

Adriano Correia 6.5
Minutes played90
Fouls Won2
Fouls Committed1

Arron says7.5

Poor Adriano. He had an excellent season in 2011/12, proving himself as a more than capable replacement for Eric Abidal only for Jordi Alba to sign in the summer. Now he isn’t the undisputed first-choice left-back, and he was never our favourite Brazilian to begin with; it’s almost as though he is the outsider. News that he was starting yesterday was surprising, but anyone would have thought that someone as terrible as Gabriel Milito or Andreu Fontas were starting based on the reaction of some supporters. Nevertheless, Adriano played well last night and while he offered little offensively, he didn’t allow Real Madrid any chances either. At this stage, Alba is the more spectacular choice at left-back, but in Abidal’s absence Adriano is almost certainly the best "defensive" choice we have at our disposal.

Sergio Busquets 7.1
Minutes played90
Fouls Won3
Fouls Committed3

Arron says6.5

Busquets was excellent in midfield, consistently humiliating his markers with his close control, and uber-accurate passing. He drew three fouls from the Madrid team, the joint-most of any player on the field with Xavi Hernández, which just goes to show how important Busquets is to the Barcelona system. As always, Busquets draws criticism for exaggerating contact, but when you are fouled as often as he is, it must get frustrating when the referee ignores some of the less noticeable infractions. On a brighter note, his first-time pass to Iniesta prior to Xavi’s goal was absolutely fabulous.

Andrés Iniesta 9.2
Minutes played90
Assists2
Fouls Won1

Arron says9.0

Iniesta started slowly, but by the end of the game he was in top gear having created two goals for his teammates. With Messi being forced to play a more tactical game than he perhaps would have wished (more on that in the build-up to next week’s second-leg), Iniesta took control of the game in a false #9 position of sorts and tortured the Madrid defense with his immaculate dribbling and superb vision. Would anyone else (not named Lionel Messi) have been able to assist Xavi for Barcelona’s third?

Xavi Hernández 8.1
Minutes played83
Shots/Shots on Target5/1
Fouls Won3
Fouls Committed1

Arron says7.5

Xavi had a good game in midfield scoring the decisive fourth goal of the match, although it wasn’t his best Clasico performance. However, considering Xavi has played in over 30 Clasicos, I’m sure this performance must be in the top ten at the very least. There might not be any stats available, but I’m certain that Xavi’s passing was as accurate as usual and while he missed a number of long-range shots, it was good to see him try his hand from distance after last season.

Pedro Rodriguez 8.2
Minutes played87
Shots/Shots on Target2/2
Fouls Won1
Offsides2
Fouls Committed1

Arron says8.5

Sometimes I wonder how different things would be if Pep Guardiola had never "discovered" that Pedro could play at the very top level. He has scored in at least one final of every competition he has ever competed in, and time and time again he comes up with goals like he did yesterday. It was a huge game, and a goal at any stage would have been important, but to score mere seconds after the restart of play against Real Madrid is something else altogether. Both of his shots were on target, and once again, one of them found the back of the net – the Pedro we all know and love is back! Would it be too much to ask for him to repeat it in the next game as well?

Lionel Messi 8.1
Minutes played90
Shots/Shots on Target5/2
Fouls Won1

Arron says8.0

It wasn’t the most eye-catching performance of Messi’s career, but it was still good enough for a goal. On another night, he could have easily scored one or two more, but I’m just glad he got one goal after going four Clasicos without scoring. I guess the "criticism" of sorts being levelled against him is merely a testament to just how high he has set the bar – how often can you say you are disappointed with a player who scored a goal against your biggest rivals?

Alexis Sanchez 6.4
Minutes played72
Fouls Won2
Fouls Committed2
Offsides1

Arron says6.5

Well, we asked the day before the game whether or not Tito Vilanova should start Cristian Tello, and on reflection, he probably should have. Alexis was anonymous for large spells of the game, resurfacing only to claim for penalties. That being said, he really should have been awarded a penalty after Arbeloa’s challenge judging by this picture...

Cristian Tello 6.2
Minutes played18

Arron saysN/A

Tello came on for Alexis Sanchez with 18 minutes remaining, and didn’t see enough of the ball to warrant a full rating.

Cesc Fabregas 6.2
Minutes played7

Arron saysN/A

Cesc came on for Xavi with 7 minutes left to play, and didn’t see enough of the ball to warrant a full rating.

Jordi Alba 6.2
Minutes played3

Arron saysN/A

Alba only played three minutes, so will not receive a full rating.

The Team 8.2
Shots/Shots on Target16/6
Fouls Won/Committed13/12

Arron says8.5

It was a vintage Barcelona performance, as the Blaugrana dominated possession, created many chances, and most importantly defeated Real Madrid. The two goals conceded were anomalies; Real Madrid barely threatened Valdés’ goal at all and at times, struggled to escape their own half. After Ronaldo’s goal went in, it would be have been easy for the heads to drop, for the players to lose faith, but they responded magnificently with a goal of their own, followed by two more. Who knows, maybe they would have added more if it wasn’t for Valdés’ error. Whatever the case we are now 90 minutes away from the first trophy of the Tito Vilanova era, and I cannot begin to explain how excited I am.

Tito Vilanova 8.1

Arron says8.5

His decision to bench Jordi Alba and Carles Puyol could have backfired spectacularly, but it didn’t and thanks to/in spite of his changes, Barcelona’s defense looked as solid as ever (even if they did concede twice). Starting Gerard Piqué and Pedro were two great decisions as well, even if they were the obvious choices to make and I also thought his decision to leave Alex Song in the stands was the correct one as well. Just two matches into his managerial career, he has already defeated Jose Mourinho – make of that what you will.

MOTM - Iniesta 72%

Arron saysPique

Iniesta was voted as MOTM, earning 72% of the vote with his two crucial assists, although I think that Pique or Pedro deserve this one given the question marks surrounding their form after last season. Congrats to Andres, and for the record, Messi was in second.


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