La Liga: FC Barcelona 5-1 CA Osasuna: Player Ratings

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A detailed, player-by-player breakdown of Barcelona's 5-1 win over Osasuna

Victor Valdes 6.6
Minutes played90
Touches19
Passes9
Pass Accuracy78%
Shots Faced1
Saves Made0

Arron says6.5

Unfortunately, Victor Valdés couldn’t keep a clean sheet to repay the support shown by the Camp Nou crowd, although there was nothing he could do about Raoul Loe’s goal. Thanks to the red-card – and Barcelona’s dominance of possession – Valdés didn’t make a single save in the match and I scarcely remember him touching the ball in the whole of the second half.

Dani Alves 7.9
Minutes played90
Touches107
Passes73
Pass Accuracy92%
Key Passes3
Tackles5
Interceptions3
Turnovers2

Arron says8.5

Alves registered his third assist of the week in what was yet another impressive performance on the right-flank for the Brazilian full-back. Admittedly, his assist was relatively straight-forward, but equally, a lesser player may have elected to shoot in a similar situation *cough*Ronaldo*cough*. And that’s what we love about Alves; he can be wasteful, he can be frustrating, but it’s all worth it when he puts in a performance like this. In particular, his link-up play with Messi is out of this world, and if it wasn’t for the frame of Andrés Fernandez’ goal, Alves would have had another assist for the Argentine.

Carles Puyol 7.8
Minutes played90
Touches79
Passes67
Pass Accuracy96%
Tackles1
Interceptions4
Clearances5

Arron says7.5

As always, Puyol made a number of crucial interventions in the heart of the defense, but he also contributed to a few Barcelona attacks as well, most notably setting up an early chance for Thiago Alcântara with a pin-point diagonal pass. Ever the model professional, Puyol ran his heart out for the team from start to finish, shaking off collisions with a number of Osasuna players to finish the 90 minutes.

Javier Mascherano 7.1
Minutes played90
Touches78
Passes72
Pass Accuracy94%
Tackles3
Interceptions2
Clearances1

Arron says7.0

A decent showing for Mascherano, who can count himself unlucky not to have a clean sheet to show for his efforts in defense. With Puyol and Busquets making the majority of the interceptions, it was down to Mascherano to act as the enforcer and stop anyone who even so much as attempted to enter Barça’s defensive third. It’s a role that suits him well, although whether he will reprise that role on Wednesday remains to be seen.

Adriano Correia 7.0
Minutes played90
Touches102
Passes78
Pass Accuracy91%
Key Passes2
Tackles2
Interceptions1
Turnovers0
Clearances3

Arron says7.5

When all was said and done, this might not have been Adriano’s best match of the season, but he played a decisive role in the victory nonetheless; setting up two of Messi’s four goals. Being honest, Adriano only set-up Messi once and that was for his final goal, but it was his shot that was illegally blocked in the area by Alejandro Arribas, so I guess Adriano can claim a slice of the credit for the penalty as well.

Sergio Busquets 7.6
Minutes played74
Touches118
Passes104
Pass Accuracy89%
Tackles2
Interceptions5
Key Passes1
Fouls Won1

Arron says8.0

As the statistics show, Busquets was everywhere last night; but there is one area that he particularly thrives in: his reading of the game. Not only does Busquets know which pass to play in any given situation, he also knows who to pass to, and when to play that pass. In fact, it’s almost like he knows when the opposition are going to pass as well; Spanish television displayed a graphic showing that Busquets had made 14 interceptions by the time he was replaced by Alex Song, although Whoscored have since revised that figure to five.

Xavi Hernández 8.2
Minutes played67
Touches94
Passes87
Pass Accuracy97%
Shots/Shots on Target1/1
Turnovers0
Key Passes1

Arron says7.5

Has there ever been a more consistent midfield player than Xavi Hernández? Once again, Xavi was in imperious form; laying on one assist and creating countless chances for his teammates. As mentioned in the review, Xavi displayed excellent composure to skip past the challenge of Arribas and thread the ball through to Messi for the game’s opening goal. Xavi also played a part in the Barça’s third, expertly lifting the ball over the Osasuna defense to find Dani Alves, who in turn set-up Pedro for an easy tap-in.

Thiago Alcântara 7.1
Minutes played90
Touches139
Passes127
Pass Accuracy93%
Shots/Shots on Target2/1
Fouls Won0
Turnovers3
Key Passes1

Arron says7.0

Thiago started brightly, and nearly scored the game’s opening goal with less than five minutes on the clock, but unfortunately his effort was parried clear by Andrés Fernandez. Thiago did brilliantly to create the chance with his movement off the ball, and he showed immense determination to stay on his feet despite the pressure from the recovering Osasuna defense; it’s just a shame he couldn’t finish the chance. Aside from that, Thiago was a little quiet, creating just one chance – which Pedro fired over the bar.

David Villa 8.1
Minutes played90
Touches25
Passes15
Pass Accuracy93%
Shots/Shots on Target3/2
Fouls Won0
Successful Dribbles2
Key Passes1
Turnovers1

Arron says7.5

A solid showing from David Villa who completed the full 90 minutes on his return from injury. While El Guaje is not expected to start Wednesday’s Clasico, his return to full fitness is a massive boost for the Blaugrana, especially as he offers a completely new dimension to the attack. Stretching the defense with his penetrating runs, Villa didn’t get many opportunities to score last night, but he did set up one of Messi’s goals with a nice through ball.

Lionel Messi 9.3
Minutes played90
Touches102
Passes77
Pass Accuracy81%
Shots/Shots on Target7/4
Fouls Won0
Successful Dribbles3
Key Passes3
Turnovers7

Arron says9.0

Four shots on target, four goals; I’d say that’s a productive night for Lionel Messi. He could have got five as well if it wasn’t for the frame of the goal – but I suppose the Argentine will be content with his 33 goal haul, especially at such an "early" stage of the season.

Pedro Rodriguez 7.5
Minutes played61
Touches31
Passes25
Pass Accuracy96%
Shots/Shots on Target2/1
Fouls Won2
Key Passes0
Turnovers0

Arron says7.5

It’s quite an achievement to wander offside more often than David Villa in a single game, which is exactly what Pedro did last night. That being said, Pedro did get on the score-sheet for the third successive game, and we’ll be overjoyed if he makes it four with a goal (or more) on Wednesday night.

Alexis Sanchez 5.8
Minutes played29
Touches26
Passes18
Pass Accuracy72%
Key Passes2
Shots/Shots on Target1/0

Arron says6.5

Poor Alexis. Whatever he does, no matter how hard he tries, it really does appear as though the Chilean is destined to fail. Yet again, another couple of golden chances went begging, and with them went his hopes of a start in the Clasico – a game in which he thrived last season.

Cesc Fabregas 6.6
Minutes played23
Touches50
Passes47
Pass Accuracy89%
Key Passes1

Arron says6.5

Fàbregas actually assisted Alexis for one of those chances, although he did little else of note in this steady cameo performance.

Alex Song 6.1
Minutes played16
Touches34
Passes32
Pass Accuracy91%

Arron says6.0

Song replaced Sergio Busquets with 16 minutes left to play and had very little to do.

The Team 8.7
Passes871
Pass Accuracy91%
Shots/Shots on Target19/9
Tackles15
Aerial Battles Won48%
Fouls Won/Committed9/11

Arron says8.5

What more can we ask of the team? Not only did the Blaugrana secure the three points, but they did so in style, dispatching five goals past the Osasuna defense; and all without breaking too much of a sweat ahead of Wednesday's Clasico.

Jordi Roura 7.8

Arron says8.0

The only qualm we can have regarding Roura's performance as stand-in coach is his substitutions. Personally, I would have taken Xavi off a little sooner, but all in all, I feel just as confident with Roura on the sidelines as I do with Tito.

MOTM - Messi 86%

Arron saysMessi

With four goals to his name, Messi was always going to walk away with the MoTM award, although I was slightly surprised to see Villa in second place - aside from Messi, I thought Dani Alves was the game's stand-out performer.

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