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La Liga: SD Eibar 0-2 FC Barcelona: Player Ratings

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A detailed, player-by-player breakdown of Barcelona's La Liga victory over Eibar.

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Claudio Bravo
7.3
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 35
Passes: 22
Pass Accuracy: 68%
Shots Faced: 2
Saves Made: 2
Clearances: 1

Bostjan says: 7.0

Barvo wasn’t tested much, but he had to remain on his toes throughout the game to make two saves in the second half. The best of the pair came early in the second half when he dove to his right to deny Javi Lara’s strong attempt. Still, he came very close to losing the clean sheet in the dying moments of the game, but Federico Piovaccari was denied by the crossbar. He also controled the air space in the box, collecting several crosses and punching out those he couldn’t get both hands on.

Martin Montoya
6.2
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 99
Passes: 90
Pass Accuracy: 91%
Key Passes: 0
Turnovers: 2
Tackles: 2
Shots/Shots on Target: 0/0
Clearances: 0
Fouls: 1
Interceptions: 2

Bostjan says: 7.0

I wasn’t able to watch the game live so I actually read some comments before watching the recording, and from what I read, I honestly expected that Montoya nearly cost us the game. So I kept a closer eye on him and I have to say that I did not see what some saw. Was he perfect? No, there were a couple of mistakes, like his coverage of Federico Piovaccari late in the game, and he maybe should’ve been a bit more direct on a few attacking plays, but to actually scold him was way over the top. On a few attacking plays he combined very well with his teammates, including a lovely one-two with Messi late in the first half that on a different night could’ve resulted in a goal. Excluding a couple of plays in his own zone he was also very solid while defending, highlighted by a very strong tackle in the 81st minute that stopped a promising Eibar attack and a clean steal on the edge of the box to stop another one in the 88th minute. All that while playing nearly the entire game with a fractured cheekbone.

Gerard Pique
7.8
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 87
Passes: 71
Pass Accuracy: 85%
Tackles: 2
Interceptions: 3
Clearances: 7
Aerial Duels Won: 1

Bostjan says: 7.5

Like his defensive partner Pique too had a very solid game, but there were a couple of hiccups along the way for the former Manchester United man. A prime example came early in the second half when he made a very good interception, but then failed to clear the ball not once, but twice, almost gifting an easy chance to Eibar. His ill-fated late venture forward was also the catalyst for Eibar’s best chance of the game. But I am nitpicking here, as overall this was another very positive game by Pique.

Marc Bartra
7.9
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 82
Passes: 66
Pass Accuracy: 91%
Tackles: 2
Interceptions: 4
Clearances: 5
Aerial Duels Won: 2
Fouls: 0

Bostjan says: 8.0

Talk about a dominant defensive performance, and it should come as no surprise that it was once Bartra who delivered it. It didn’t matter if the opponent took him on directly or if he came from the right or the left, Bartra was in perfect position to stop the attack. And in all honesty we’ve all started to expect these types of performances from the young center-back. Bartra also managed to showcase his ball skills, easily dribbling past his marker to escape danger early in the game.

Adriano Correia
6.5
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 72
Passes: 62
Pass Accuracy: 87%
Shots/Shots on Target: 0/0
Tackles: 1
Interceptions: 4
Clearances: 1
Key Passes: 0
Aerial Duels Won: 1

Bostjan says: 7.5

It used to be that in games that Adriano was rarely seen the Brazilian would have a quietly efficient game, but this time he was just plain invisible. I literally made only three notes about his game, and only one of them was positive, and even that one started negatively – he was nutmegged, but recovered in time to win the ball back. Adriano was often out of position defensively. He didn’t have much better luck in attack, even though he tried to contribute on just about every attack.

Sergi Roberto
6.7
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 101
Passes: 91
Pass Accuracy: 88%
Tackles: 3
Interceptions: 2
Shots/Shots on Target: 0/0
Clearances: 2
Aerial Duels Won: 5
Turnovers: 1
Key passes: 1

Sam says: 7.0

In a rare starting appearance, Sergi Roberto did well. Hoping to maintain Barça’s midfield dominance, he was the player with the most touches of either side and recorded the highest number of passes completed. He didn't offer a great deal going forward but his patrolling of the midfield helped his midfield teammates break forward and cause Eibar problems.

Rafinha
7.1
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 93
Passes: 66
Pass Accuracy: 97%
Shots/Shots on Target: 1/0
Turnovers: 5
Key Passes: 2
Successful Dribbles: 4
Tackles: 3

Sam says: 8.0

With neither Mascherano or Busquets starting, Rafinha was the one to fill the pivot role for Barça. His defensive contribution was important throughout as he made three tackles and three interceptions to keep Eibar on the back foot. He was also good in attack too, bursting down the wings before floating a cross in. A highlight of his game was his connection with Rakitić. The pair seemed to find each other regularly throughout, a promising sign for the future of Barça.

Ivan Rakitić
7.5
Minutes played: 62
Touches: 74
Passes: 61
Pass Accuracy: 87%
Shots/Shots on Target: 1/0
Fouls Won: 3
Successful Dribbles: 0
Turnovers: 4
Key Passes: 1
Clearances: 1

Sam says: 7.5

Rakitić started the game brightly, bursting forward into the box to meet the cross of his midfield partner Rafinha. The effort was deflected but it showed Rakitić’s eagerness to get forward. Later in the game his clever cushioned chest pass was blazed wide by Suárez but he did get his assist in one of the more unusual sources of a Barcelona goal. His outswinging corner was met by the head of Lionel Messi who scored to seal the match. A good game for the Croatian and with the Champions League tie midweek, he retired after the hour mark.

Luis Suarez
7.2
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 40
Passes: 27
Pass Accuracy: 82%
Shots/Shots on Target: 1/0
Turnovers: 5
Successful Dribbles: 2
Key Passes: 2
Fouls Won: 1
Clearances: 0

Ahmed says: 7.0

Worked hard, looked sharp and stretched the Eibar defence time and time again, but end product was ultimately lacking. It was his vital touch that led to Messi being presented with a good opportunity in the build-up to the penalty. Good link-up play. Suarez will be vital in the coming months.

Lionel Messi
9.1
Minutes played: 90
Touches: 93
Passes: 72
Pass Accuracy: 78%
Shots/Shots on Target: 4/2
Fouls Won: 2
Successful Dribbles: 9
Key Passes: 2
Turnovers: 3
Fouls: 1

Ahmed says: 9.0

The star of the show and the difference maker once again. Messi scored both goals in style with two sides of his game which are supposed to be weaknesses – a penalty and a superb header.  He mesmerised and bamboozled the Eibar defence with his sensational dribbling skills, especially a magisterial highlight in the first-half. 9 completed dribbles is mightily impressive and two goals from two shots on target is even more so. Not his best performance of the season by a long way but still man of the match.

Neymar
7.0
Minutes played: 69
Touches: 62
Passes: 52
Pass Accuracy: 73%
Shots/Shots on Target: 3/1
Successful Dribbles: 2
Key Passes: 0
Tackles: 1
Turnovers: 0

Ahmed says: 6.5

Looked off the pace after his holiday in Brazil as a result of being suspended against Rayo Vallecano last weekend. In reality, he’s been so for a few weeks now. Yet was he who started the attack in the build-up to the penalty being awarded by drifting inside before releasing the pass. He was otherwise pretty ineffective. Neymar was replaced on the 68th minute by Pedro. The Barcelona number 11 will need to play better in the big clashes to come.

Xavi
7.0
Minutes played: 28
Touches: 38
Passes: 35
Pass Accuracy: 91%
Tackles: 1

Arron says: 7.0

Entering the action to a kind reception from the Ipurua crowd, Xavi marked his 750th appearance for FC Barcelona with an understated performance, quietly keeping the Blaugrana midfield ticking along in a comfortable night for the visitors. Nothing spectacular; certainly not his most memorable display but that's not going to stop me from savouring him while I still can.

Pedro 6.3
Minutes played: 21
Touches: 18
Passes: 11
Pass Accuracy: 73%
Key Passes: 1

Arron says: 6.5

Neymar wasn't all too happy to be taken off judging by his facial expression as he slowly trudged towards the bench and to be honest, he had every reason to feel a little displeased as Pedro certainly struggled to improve upon the Brazilian's contributions in his time on the field. His shot in the final stages probably could and should have ended up in the back of the net, but it seems as though Pedro has lost his scoring touch once again. A space on the bench against City and Real Madrid will be his reward.

The Team 7.6
Passes: 743
Pass Accuracy: 86%
Shots/Shots on Target: 12/4
Tackles: 16
Aerial Battles Won: 57%
Fouls Won/Committed: 14/3

Arron says: 7.0

Good enough, but not exactly brilliant either. Barcelona took it easy and clearly did enough to secure the three points -- at this stage, we can't ask for anything more, but it's not going to earn the team a high rating either. In absolute terms, we will need to demonstrate an improvement to beat Manchester City and Real Madrid, but then we already knew that, didn't we?

Luis Enrique
7.7

Arron says: 7.0

Can we really ask for much more? Luis Enrique delivered us the three points with an astute gameplan and while there are some who would have preferred to see a little more rotation, we can only truly judge whether that was necessary after the two games this week.

MOTM - Lionel Messi
85%

Bostjan says: Messi

After a stretch of a couple of games in which Messi didn't win the award, the Argentine ran away with another one, this time securing all but 15% of the votes. A mere 7% were enough for Bartra to secure second place while Neymar rounded out the top three with 3% of the votes.