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FC Barcelona Season in Review: Dani Alves, Jordi Alba & Others

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We take a look at how the fullbacks fared.

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These ratings are given to players based on their performance during the 2014-15 season and range from A+ (the best) to F (the worst). They are given based on how well they performed the role they were given, so they are not absolute but relative to expectation. Stats are for Liga and Champions League only.

Dani Alves

Games: 41 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 10
Tackles per game: 3.8 | Interceptions per game: 1.54 | Chances created per game: 1.4

Alves struggled early on, perhaps still adapting to the new system. He doesn't have the endless stamina of old but he's still got some gas left in the tank, as well as underrated technique. Aided by help from Ivan Rakitic in defense, the eccentric right-back defended a lot more than before, releasing Lionel Messi on the right wing. And late in the season, Alves started really turning it on. Some cynics say he was only interested in a new contract, but so what? In the end, he put in some brilliant displays just when it counted the most. His assists against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will go into his career highlight reel.

Grade: A-

Jordi Alba

Games: 38 | Goals: 1 | Assists: 5
Tackles per game: 2.13 | Interceptions per game: 1.79 | Chances created per game: 0.94

A good showing for Alba. The energetic left-back lacked some cutting edge in his finishing, but was a good outlet and made good runs all year. His linkup play with Neymar and Andres Iniesta was typically excellent, and his positioning was usually exemplary, giving Alves a bit more license to charge up on the opposite flank. For next year, he needs to find a way to finish off Messi's looping crossfield passes.

Grade: B+

Adriano Correia

Games: 23 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 1
Tackles per game: 1.7 | Interceptions per game: 1.33 | Chances created per game: 0.42

Luis Enrique did not trust Adriano as much as previous coaches did, and when he did play, he wasn't up to his best. Being fair, he never got much of a chance to establish a rhythm. Being unfair, his performances only cemented why he was not used much. It speaks volumes that Barcelona are willing to let the veteran go despite the transfer ban. He was mainly used as a substitute, meaning his per-game averages where affected by a low amount of minutes.

Grade: C

Martin Montoya

Games: 9 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 0
Tackles per game: 2.24 | Interceptions per game: 1.53 | Chances created per game: 0.47

See above, really. Montoya was frustrated by a lack of playing time and made it obvious he wanted to leave in midseason. He stayed, and did start to feature more often. The only true game of note he participated in was a Champions League away win to Paris Saint-Germain, in which he played okay. He has his fans who will say that given confidence and playing time, Montoya would blossom. Regardless, that scenario did not happen this season and may never happen at Barcelona

Grade: C

Douglas Pereira

Games: 2 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 0
Tackles per game: 1.5 | Interceptions per game: 1.5 | Chances created per game: 0

What to say about Douglas? Signed from near obscurity in a bizarre transfer, many fans seemed to suggest Douglas was incapable of taking three consecutive steps without falling. In a way, the fact that he looked barely competent at times was a success. In another, he didn't really validate the hopes of the optimists who dreamed that Douglas was much better than advertised.

Grade: C