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La Liga: FC Barcelona 3-0 Villarreal CF: Player Ratings

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A detailed, player-by-player breakdown of Barcelona's important win against Villarreal.

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Claudio Bravo
7.4
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 29
Passes: 21
Pass Accuracy: 100%
Shots Faced: 2
Saves Made: 2
Clearances: 1

Bostjan says: 7.5

Bravo was able to continue Barcelona’s clean sheet streak, though considering now dangerous the yellow submarine can be he surely expected more work. The Chilean only had to make only two saves, both of them in the dying moments of each half, with the one on Samu Castillejo proving to key. Bravo even finished with one dribble, easily skipping past Roberto Soldado early in the game.

Dani Alves
6.7
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 93
Passes: 76
Pass Accuracy: 84%
Key Passes: 1
Turnovers: 4
Tackles: 1
Shots/Shots on Target: 2/1
Clearances: 1
Aerial Duels Won: 2
Interceptions: 4

Bostjan says: 7.5

Arguably one of Alves’ better performances this season, which isn't saying much, though it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that it came in a game in which he wasn’t tested much defensively. Alves spent most of the game time in attack, always looking to extend the play, though to mixed results as he had a poor passing game, by his standards, and quite a few times turned the ball over. The Brazilian was able to get a few good looks on goal, but the best of his shots, early in the second half, was excellently denied by Alphonse Areola.

Jeremy Mathieu
7.3
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 66
Passes: 59
Pass Accuracy: 90%
Tackles: 2
Interceptions: 1
Clearances: 1
Aerial Duels Won: 3
Shots/Shots on Target: 2/2

Bostjan says: 7.0

Mathieu wasn’t seen much in this one, which for a defender is usually a good sign. Rarely the Frenchman put a foot wrong defensively and with plenty of time on his hands he even ventured forward on a few occasions, even testing the goalkeeper midway through the first half. Picked up a yellow card for a foul shortly after he saw his shot get saved.

Gerard Pique
7.2
Minutes played: 81
Touches: 62
Passes: 57
Pass Accuracy: 91%
Tackles: 0
Interceptions: 2
Clearances: 0
Aerial Duels Won: 2
Fouls: 1

Bostjan says: 7.0

Considering the firepower that Villarreal boast it was surprising to see how little Pique had to do. His positioning was strong throughout, leading to a few intercepted passes, but that was about the only action Pique saw – though he did make a few good plays in the air. Pique picked up a yellow card midway through the second half and was later subbed out as a precaution for him not to pick up a red card before the El Clasico.

Jordi Alba
6.1
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 96
Passes: 79
Pass Accuracy: 91%
Shots/Shots on Target: 0/0
Tackles: 3
Interceptions: 4
Clearances: 4
Key Passes: 0
Turnovers: 3

Bostjan says: 7.5

A relatively calm game for the speedy Barcelona full back even though was probably the defender that saw the most action, as most of Villarreal’s threats came down Alba’s wing, but the Spaniard did a very good job of keeping those attacks to the perimeter. Continuously Alba also provided width to the Barcelona attack, always being open for a pass from one of his teammates, though the end product wasn’t always there.

Sergio Busquets
8.2
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 101
Passes: 92
Pass Accuracy: 91%
Shots/Shots on Target: 0/0
Tackles: 3
Interceptions: 2
Clearances: 2
Turnovers: 0
Aerial Duels Won: 4
Key Passes: 1
Fouls Won: 4

Sam says: 8.5

Fresh off a week of praise from coaches and pundits alike, Busquets put in another stellar performance. It was his work that got Barça’s opening goal. Pushing high, he regained possession before threading an eye of the needle pass to the feet of Neymar, the Brazilian finished and Busquets registered his first assist of the season. Elsewhere, he was the midfield metronome. Tackling and intercepting before picking out a teammate with great accuracy, an attribute that pushed Barça towards victory.

Sergi Roberto
6.5
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 72
Passes: 62
Pass Accuracy: 89%
Shots/Shots on Target: 2/0
Turnovers: 2
Key Passes: 2
Fouls Won: 1
Tackles: 1

Sam says: 6.5

A slightly quieter game than we’ve been used to this season from Roberto. He struggled to have as much influence on the ball and only created one or two chances. However he did come close to grabbing a goal for himself which would’ve been deserved for his efforts so far this season.

Andres Iniesta
8.0
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 82
Passes: 66
Pass Accuracy: 83%
Shots/Shots on Target: 2/1
Fouls Won: 2
Turnovers: 4
Successful Dribbles: 1
Key Passes: 3
Tackles: 2

Sam says: 7.5

More of the same from the club captain. Pick up the ball in midfield, work your way past one or two defenders before firing off an outrageous pass to the feet of your teammate. His influence was felt across the pitch as was almost always an option to pass to. His passing accuracy was slightly lower than usual but can be explained by his attempts to go for the tricky passes. Uncharacteristically he also picked up a yellow card.

Munir El Haddadi
7.9
Minutes played: 72
Touches: 35
Passes: 29
Pass Accuracy: 78%
Shots/Shots on Target: 1/0
Turnovers: 0
Successful Dribbles: 0
Key Passes: 2
Fouls Won: 2
Interceptions: 3

Sonia says: 6.0

Munir was hardly involved in the beginning of the game; he did not see the ball very much at all. However, to give him the credit he deserves, he wasn’t too bad when he did have the ball. He was alright overall, winning a penalty that led to a Suarez goal. Although he was inevitably subbed off for Sandro, Munir did put in a decent performance.

Luis Suarez
8.4
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 38
Passes: 22
Pass Accuracy: 82%
Shots/Shots on Target: 7/2
Fouls Won: 1
Successful Dribbles: 0
Key Passes: 2
Turnovers: 2
Interceptions: 1

Sonia says: 7.0

Suarez didn’t have the best of first halves, although the same could be said for everyone. However, he turned it around in the second half, perfectly converting a penalty won by Munir. He made his mark on the scoreline and gets credit for that.  Overall, Suarez was not bad, with some sloppy play but also with some really nice moments.


Neymar
9.0
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 95
Passes: 64
Pass Accuracy: 78%
Shots/Shots on Target: 4/3
Successful Dribbles: 4
Key Passes: 6
Fouls Won: 4
Turnovers: 5
Tackles: 1

Sonia says: 8.0

Neymar started out the match with a comparatively uninspired first half. However, he was able to do better in the second half (which is a bit of an understatement). Neymar scored the opener with a spectacular goal, and later finished off the match with another magical goal. Overall, he continued the awesome streak that he has been on in Messi's absence.

Sandro Ramirez
7.0
Minutes played: 11
Touches: 3
Passes: 2
Pass Accuracy: 100%
Key Passes: 0

Kevin says: N/A

Came on to replace Munir with 11 mins of normal time remaining. Scarcely touched the ball as everything up front went through Suarez & Neymar. Didn't play well, didn't play badly. Didn't really have a chance


Marc Bartra
6.8
Minutes played: 9
Touches: 9
Passes: 8
Pass Accuracy: 75%
Interceptions: 1

Kevin says: N/A

Swapped in for Piqué who very much took a booking for the team earlier in the half. Similarly, was not asked to contribute much in such a short space of time. Muscled Bakambu off the ball to ensure Barça could clear at one point and bravely led with his head to clear at the edge of the box only for it to meet with the boot of a Villareal player. Again though, not present long enough to be rated.


The Team 8.0
Passes: 660
Pass Accuracy: 87%
Shots/Shots on Target: 20/9
Tackles: 13
Aerial Battles Won: 59%
Fouls Won/Committed: 19/12

Kevin says: 8.0

Once again Neymar dazzled and Suarez persevered, the two are combining fantastically in the absence of our dear leader. At the back, Barcelona looked assured and Villareal were restricted to a few long distance shots which never really troubled Bravo. In Midfield Busquets was his usual understated genius self, Roberto as aggressive and mobile as always and Iniesta showed a few touches of class that will be needed in the big one coming up. All roads lead to El Clasico.

Luis Enrique
7.4

Kevin says: 7.5

The Manager is missing his best player as well as crucial depth and experience in midfield. This aside, despite a fairly uneventful first half, he can't have been happier with the result.

MOTM - Neymar
89%

Bostjan says: Neymar

In one of the bigger no-contests of the season, it really should come as no surprise that Neymar once again won the Man of the Match award. Coming in at a distant second was Suarez with 8%. Joining the two on the podium, with an impressive tally of two votes, was Munir.