After you played a game in which you scored seven goals, you know that the only way to go is down because it’s difficult to maintain such a massive standard. I knew Messi wouldn’t score five in this one even though I was seriously hoping to be proven wrong. I am happy about the outcome of the game, in fact I’m happy about a lot of things; we won away from home, no injuries, we have a full week to rest, I get to read about Messi for the next few days at least and I’m happy about many other things too.
There is something strange about these ratings, it has never happen before but at least it is justified (I think). I normally indicate the choice for MOTM after reviewing all the players, but I couldn’t make a decision between Mascherano, Busquets and Messi. I still managed to review and quantify the players’ performances without a hustle though, and I’ll be happy to hear your views on who truly deserves the award.
The ratings are after the jump:
Major Highlight: Great passing and distribution but he’ll be making a party to celebrate Adrian for having been offside for that goal.
Major Highlight: That was a beast of an interception on the 31st min.
Major Highlight: He didn’t get a foot wrong, I loved his Interception on the 46th min and anyone of the tackles above can easily make it into this space so I won’t blame anyone for choosing them.
Major Highlight: The moment I described above wins it for me. In fact if he keeps it up, he can play at this level for three more years at least.
Major Highlight: His defensive displays were at their best and those interceptions are priceless.
Major Highlight: We can’t claim that we would have won without him but he was far from his best.
He was released by Messi on the 25th min but his powerful low drive from close range was saved by Mario. He assisted Messi for the first goal on the 29th min with a perfectly weighted low cross. He lost another duel against Mario on the 51st min as the Racing shot-stopper was not troubled by Fabregas’ powerful shot; Maybe it’s time he realised that it’s less about power and more about precision, no matter how powerful the shot is, the keeper will save if it’s directed at him. He won the Penalty that resulted in the second goal but since I already spotted a debate, I’ll fuel it and ask you folks; was the ref’s call harsh? Do you think Cesc milked it? Or we totally deserse that one particular spot kick?
Major Highlight: I’m not in love with any of the shots he took but his assist for Messi’s first, I like!
Major Highlight: That chip people, that chip. It’s not every day that someone other than Messi does it and even though this one didn’t score, we still gotta appreciate the effort right?
Major Highlight: Is heating the post a big deal? If no then I got nothing great to put here for Him.
Major Highlight: Nope, I’m leaving this one to you ladies and Gentlemen, there’s just a lot to choose from.
Major Highlight: His runs, mazy dribble-and -pass as well as his eye for goal were decisive in this game as he got himself his 50th goal after 43 competitive appearances.
Major Highlight: I think he’s selfish, unless if you think my conclusion is fast and uncalled for. His shot 2min after coming in proves he is still a dedicated supersub.
Well it’s going to be a very long week on the Barca side of things; we have no game in midweek but then the advantage is a 7 days’ worth of rest for the boys meaning that they will be fresh for the complex fixture away to Sevilla on Sunday.
Remember to check out the review *here* if you haven’t already (or if you read the things you enjoy five times) and check later for the ‘Statistical Analysis’ of the match. As for your assignment for the week, you get a round of applause if you can correctly jinx one UCL team in midweek ;-). Until then, we’ll be in touch in the comments sections J