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Winners and losers from Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad

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The champions make it fours wins out of four

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Barcelona’s 100 per cent record in La Liga remains intact after a tough trip to Anoeta on Saturday when they came from behind to win 2-1 against Real Sociedad.

It’s an important win for Barcelona, not just because of their recent history at Anoeta, but because Real Madrid and Atletico both dropped points this weekend.

Ernesto Valverde made changes to his team, so today (and just for a change) let’s have a look at the winners and losers from Saturday’s match.

Winners

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

The goalkeeper was Barcelona’s best player against Sociedad and arguably won the match for Ernesto Valverde’s side.

He was left exposed by his defence but made crucial saves from Theo Hernandez and Juanmi. Almost immediately after those stops Barcelona got their goals.

Jordi Alba called him the “best goalkeeper in the world” after the match, and it was another brilliant performance by the Germany international.

Ousmane Dembele

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Another game, another start and another goal for Ousmane Dembele. He’s now scored in three consecutive games for Barcelona, and he’s won more points than any other player in La Liga so far this season.

His understanding and link-up play with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi still needs work, but he is making decisive contributions to the team.

It wasn’t the greatest goal he’ll ever score and needed a couple of deflections to take it into the back of the net. Yet you could argue that he deserves a bit of luck after his injury problems last season.

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez seemed to spend most of the game appealing for something or other, but he was in the right place at the right time to poke home the equaliser.

After a sluggish start to the season he now has five goals and two assists in his last three matches for club and country.

The real test comes on Tuesday of course in the Champions League. Suarez has struggled in Europe recently, he managed one goal last season, can he improve against PSV?

Losers

Rafinha

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Rafinha probably didn’t expect to start the season at Barcelona after a summer of speculation, but he’s still here and got a rare chance to impress against Sociedad.

The match was his first La Liga outing of the campaign, despite a bright pre-season, but he failed to make much of an impression and was hooked after 57 minutes.

It was a tough game to throw Rafinha into, but on this evidence you wonder when we’ll see him in the first team again.

Geronimo Rulli

It’s tough being a goalkeeper and while Ter Stegen will be rightly applauded for his performance, it’s fair to say Geronimo Rulli really helped Barcelona win this one.

His aerial vulnerability was exposed for Suarez’s equaliser. Twice he flapped at the ball, twice he got nowhere near it and the Barcelona striker poked home.

The second came from Coutinho’s corner when again he was culpable, he was still getting to his feet when Dembele’s shot hit the back of the net.

Nelson Semedo

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Nelson Semedo was another player who was surprisingly included and found it tough going at Anoeta.

It was perhaps little surprise to see him taken on at half-time. Incidentally, in his only other start this season (against Alaves) he was also replaced at the break.

Valverde does not seem to trust Semedo, and the full-back looks short of confidence. Worryingly he seems to be going backwards at Barcelona at the moment.