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Barcelona 2-2 Celta Vigo: Player Ratings

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The scores on the doors from Saturday’s draw

Barcelona v Celta de Vigo - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Marc-André ter Stegen

During the build up to Celta’s goal he did incredibly well to block the first attempt and could have asked for more from his defenders. For the second he seemed caught in two mind whether to come towards Aspas.

You say: 8

Sam says: 7


Sergi Roberto

Fairly anonymous in an attacking sense but did well defensively with four tackles and an interception.

You say: 7

Sam says: 6


Samuel Umtiti

Stood and watched Aspas instead of tracking him which allowed the forward an easy tap in. Unfortunate for the second as he couldn’t keep up with Aspas due to the tweaked hamstring.

You say: 7

Sam says: 7


Gerard Piqué

Far too slow in getting up to enact an offside trap for Celta’s first. Looked a little rusty throughout the match and his positioning was sometimes out.

You say: 7

Sam says: 6


Jordi Alba

Caught out of position for Celta’s first but more than made up for it with link-up play for Barça’s second.

You say: 8

Sam says: 8


Sergio Busquets

Barcelona’s most consistent tackler although he couldn’t prevent two quick Celta counterattacks.

You say: 8

Sam says: 7


Ivan Rakitić

Seems to be slowly adapting to his wide position although it is clearly not ideal for him.

You say: 7

Sam says: 7


Andrés Iniesta

Had an okay performance until his injury will be a big loss in the coming weeks.

You say: 8

Sam says: 7


Paulinho

Good link up play with the front two, seems to be finding a natural spot in the team.

You say: 7

Sam says: 8

Lionel Messi

Latched onto a pass intended for Suárez but made no mistake in the finish, rifling it into the bottom right corner. Was heavily involved in the second as well and was Barcelona’s most consistent creator.

You say: 9

Sam says: 9


Luis Suárez

Incredibly harsh to be ruled offside in the 26th minute but there are positives that it was a run like the Suárez of old. One of his main problems this year has been being caught offside too often but if it keeps making runs like that one then he will get chances. Got a deserved goal later in the game.

You say: 7

Sam says: 7


Paco Alcácer

Didn’t do much in his 12 minutes.

You say: 6

Sam says: N/A


Denis Suárez

Played well in Iniesta’s absence, like Vermaelen will need to put in good consistent performances from now to make up for injuries to key players.

You say: 7

Sam says: 7


Thomas Vermaelen

Played reasonably well after the Umtiti injury. Will need more performances like this from now to ease Barcelona’s injury crisis.

You say: 7

Sam says: 7


Ernesto Valverde

Perhaps a little tactically naive to continue to push his full backs high given Celta’s attacking pace.

You say: 7

Sam says: 6


The Team

A good performance that was punished twice by a lethal Celta counterattack.

You say: 7

Sam says: 7


MOTM?

You say: Messi

Sam says: Messi