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UEFA Champions League: FC Barcelona 3-0 BATE Borisov: Player Ratings

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A detailed, player-by-player breakdown of Barcelona's strong win against BATE.

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen
7.4
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 29
Passes: 19
Pass Accuracy: 79%
Shots Faced: 2
Saves Made: 2
Inteceptions: 1

Bostjan says: 7.0

Consecutive clean-sheets in the Champions League will surely give ter Stegen’s confidence a boost, even though he wasn’t tested much by BATE in this one. He only had to fend off two shots on goal, making easy work of both. The young German’s highlight of the game was without a doubt the play near his right corner flag in which he looked in serious danger of conceding another silly goal, but was able to carry the ball past the BATE winger and calmly passed the ball forward.

Dani Alves
6.7
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 81
Passes: 69
Pass Accuracy: 90%
Key Passes: 1
Turnovers: 3
Tackles: 2
Shots/Shots on Target: 1/0
Clearances: 0
Aerial Duels Won: 0
Interceptions: 2

Bostjan says: 6.5

I didn’t make a whole lot of notes of Alves’ game, which has recently become a pretty good omen for the Brazilian as these notes are usually of the negative nature. Alves combined well with Munir, after the youngster came on, but the two didn’t create much of note. Alves tried his luck with a long range shot, but his aim was poor. The Brazilian picked up a yellow card early in the second half for stopping a quick BATE counter.

Javier Mascherano
7.3
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 104
Passes: 96
Pass Accuracy: 95%
Tackles: 2
Interceptions: 2
Clearances: 2
Aerial Duels Won: 3
Fouls: 0

Bostjan says: 7.5

The captain, for the last 15 minutes at least, put in a very professional showing against the Belarus side, making a few very important interceptions and tackles. Mascherano also had a strong day in the air game, which is not always the case. His excellent distribution helped Barcelona control the ball.

Thomas Vermaelen
7.2
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 96
Passes: 90
Pass Accuracy: 99%
Tackles: 2
Interceptions: 3
Clearances: 1
Aerial Duels Won: 4
Fouls: 1

Bostjan says: 7.0

In a performance very similar to the one of his defensive partner, Vermaelen would misplace just one pass the entire night. Playing his first Champions League game for Barcelona, Vermaelen showed no nervousness, though he did make one bad play, committing a foul just outside of the penalty area for a free kick from which BATE forced ter Stegen to make a good save.

Adriano Correia
6.1
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 96
Passes: 79
Pass Accuracy: 86%
Shots/Shots on Target: 1/0
Tackles: 2
Interceptions: 2
Clearances: 1
Key Passes: 0
Turnovers: 3

Bostjan says: 6.0

Ah, Adriano… The full-back had a very energetic night in this one, but his final pass always seemed off target, leaving much to be desired, though he combined decently on the left side with his teammates throughout. Adriano even fired a good shot late in the first half, but he hit the outside part of the post. His performance dropped in the second half and he almost gave away a cheap penalty kick to the opposition for a silly (not called) foul.

Sergio Busquets
8.2
Minutes played: 75
Touches: 97
Passes: 88
Pass Accuracy: 98%
Shots/Shots on Target: 1/0
Tackles: 2
Interceptions: 3
Clearances: 1
Turnovers: 0
Aerial Duels Won: 4
Key Passes: 3
Fouls Won: 3

Sam says: 8.0

A midfield metronome-like performance from Busquets. His passing was superb, completing 88 with an accuracy of 98% helped Barcelona keep control of the game and stop BATE from attacking. His defensive work also ensured clear BATE chances were restricted to a minimum as he made two tackles and three interceptions.

Ivan Rakitić
6.5
Minutes played: 19
Touches: 24
Passes: 24
Pass Accuracy: 79%
Shots/Shots on Target: 0/0
Turnovers: 0
Key Passes: 0
Aerial Duels Won: 0
Tackles: 0

Sam says: 6.5

Rakitić started the game off a little suspect, showing signs of a player not in his best form. However he did recover and helped crate one of Barça’s early opportunities but he his evening was cut short when he pulled up with a calf injury. Early signs suggest he will be out for around a month.

Andres Iniesta
8.0
Minutes played: 67
Touches: 73
Passes: 64
Pass Accuracy: 89%
Shots/Shots on Target: 1/0
Fouls Won: 0
Turnovers: 2
Successful Dribbles: 1
Key Passes: 1
Tackles: 2

Sam says: 8.0

A great performance from the captain in which he ran the show during the first half. His great dribbles and clever passes were a constant problem to BATE and showed just how important he is to the team. His passing was excellent, completing 63 with an accuracy of 91%. He earned a rest in the second half as Luis Enrique looked to avoid another injury to a midfielder.

Sergi Roberto
7.9
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 101
Passes: 86
Pass Accuracy: 91%
Shots/Shots on Target: 1/0
Turnovers: 2
Successful Dribbles: 3
Key Passes: 0
Fouls Won: 0
Tackles: 3

Inder says: 7.5

Every game is a revelation. Now, I gladly eat my humble pie, while watching Sergi Roberto surprise me with each match. Hard work, an ability to see and execute passes (like when he released Suarez on the right for Barca's third goal) and the drive (while on the ball) whether playing in midfield, defense or as a winger is forcing us to agree with all the comparisons, is Sergi Roberto Barca's new Luis Enrique?

Luis Suarez
8.4
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 56
Passes: 33
Pass Accuracy: 61%
Shots/Shots on Target: 6/2
Fouls Won: 2
Successful Dribbles: 3
Key Passes: 4
Turnovers: 9
Tackles: 1

Inder says: 8.0
The more you watch Luis Suarez at work, the more impressive he seems. His game isn't what you would expect from a super star but he is the epitome in how a number 9 should play: Movement, aggressive on the ball and without, goals and assists, and a wonderful innate understanding of space and how to create it. Another goal and assist to the Uruguayan against Bate Borisov in addition to all the others this season, with a neat first touch and finish for the goal while also showing his selfless side by laying the ball off for Neymar's second.
Neymar
9.0
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 115
Passes: 68
Pass Accuracy: 79%
Shots/Shots on Target: 7/4
Successful Dribbles: 7
Key Passes: 6
Fouls Won: 2
Turnovers: 12
Tackles: 2

Inder says: 8.0

To dramatically understate his recent performances, Neymar versus Bate comes down to two goals (1 penalty and the other a tap in of sorts) and 1 assist. These three events, however, are a result of an increase in maturity and decision making in Neymar's game since Lionel Messi's injury. The penalty with that odd, one-step run-up seems to me, to be a proactive step taken by the player to change things up since he last missed a penalty and although I am not convinced it will work over the long term, right now Barca need to be scoring those and Neymar definitely has taken the responsibility and produced. The assist to Suarez and his final passes, in general have greatly improved unlike earlier when he seemed to hold onto to the ball a moment too long. The Brazilian's second goal was all about understanding his teammate's intentions, a great burst of pace that involved coming in from the wide areas to overtake the opponent's centre-back and finish.

Munir El Haddadi
7.0
Minutes played: 71
Touches: 37
Passes: 30
Pass Accuracy: 93%
Key Passes: 1

Bostjan says: 7.5

Brought on early to replace the injured Rakitić, Munir played a good game on the right side, even winning the penalty that brought Barcelona the lead. Throughout he showed good vision to find open teammates and was constantly trying to get open for a pass himself. Now if only he could score again...


Marc Bartra
6.8
Minutes played: 23
Touches: 30
Passes: 25
Pass Accuracy: 96%
Tackles: 1

Bostjan says: 7.0
Very no nonsense cameo for Bartra, though he wasn't really tasted much.
Gerard Gumbau
5.3
Minutes played: 15
Touches: 8
Passes: 8
Pass Accuracy: 100%
Key Passes: 0

Bostjan says: N/A
Not much to say about Gumbau's performance.
The Team 8.0
Passes: 807
Pass Accuracy: 90%
Shots/Shots on Target: 23/7
Tackles: 20
Aerial Battles Won: 79%
Fouls Won/Committed: 10/10

Inder says: 8.0

To state that I am pessimistic about Barca's chances in the upcoming El Clasico without D10S is unfair to this team but I still think it will be extremely difficult. That said, the team has improved emphatically over the last 4 matches, as was promised to us by Lucho. Defensively, the Blaugrana kept another clean sheet but more importantly, they dominated the match in all aspects. Essentially, Barca are looking more like the team of last season and let's hope for more of the same.

Luis Enrique
7.4

Bostjan says: 7.5

By now Lucho must be thinking if he can get through one game without a losing a midfielder. Not that he had much choice what his early substitution will be, but he made the right call by moving Roberto to midfield. The rest of the game was fairly calm for the Spaniard.

MOTM - Neymar
74%

Bostjan says: Neymar

In one of the biggest no-contests of recent weeks, Neymar, deservedly, won the Man of the Match award. There was a close race for second place though, where Suarez (9%) just edged out Busquets (8%) who had to settle for third.