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Messi The Only Positive, Araujo Gets 3 | Barcelona Players Rated In Defeat To Juventus

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Barcelona finish second in Group G table following a humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of Juventus this evening. The Catalans were completely outclassed by the Italian giants, who offered very little space for the attackers to make any sort of impact in the final third as two penalty goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and an early strike from Weston McKennie sealed all three points for Andrea Pirlo’s men.

Barcelona Players Rated In Defeat To Juventus

Marc Andre ter Stegen 6.5/10

Marc Andre ter Stegen made an outstanding save to deny Aaron Ramsey in the second half but had no answer to Ronaldo’s penalities.

Sergino Dest 6/10

Sergino Dest offered the occasional dash of pace and brilliance on the far side but it wasn’t enough to unsettle the Juventus backline. Lost possession on multiple occasions.

Ronald Araujo 3/10

Had no answer to Ronaldo’s turn as he conceded the first penalty. He didn’t do well at all, struggling to impose his presence in the defensive half, allowing Juve to cause all kinds of trouble.

Clement Lenglet 3/10

A horrific game for Clement Lenglet who conceded the penalty that led to Juventus’ third goal. The Frenchman was taken off just before the hour-mark as he was already on a yellow card.

Jordi Alba 5/10

Jordi Alba struggled to make an impression for Barcelona on the left-hand channel. Also had difficulties dealing with the Juve attackers and was effectively taken off in the 55th minute.

Miralem Pjanic 6/10

Miralem Pjanic looked wasteful with his efforts on goal and didn’t look as clinical against his former side. A relatively poor performance from the Bosnian international.

Barcelona Players Rated In Defeat To Juventus - A poor team display from Barca.
Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo speaks to Barcelona’s Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong (L), Barcelona’s French defender Clement Lenglet and Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Barcelona and Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December 8, 2020. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP) (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Frenkie de Jong 6.5/10

Frenkie de Jong wasn’t awful by any means in the Barcelona midfield. The Dutchman offered a reliable passing option for the hosts but it wasn’t enough to prevail against the Juve backline.

Trincao 4/10

Struggled to make an impact in the final third as Juventus relatively had more possession than expected. Got replaced at half-time as Ronald Koeman opted for more firepower upfront.

Lionel Messi 7.5/10

Lionel Messi was the only threat for the Juventus defence in this fixture. The Argentine managed to make little spaces for himself, testing Gianluigi Buffon on multiple occasions. He was unlucky not to find the back of the net.

Pedri 5/10

Another player who struggled to make an impression in the final third. Pedri tried to link up with his teammates but simply wasn’t involved enough to make any real difference to the proceedings.

Antoine Griezmann 5/10

Antoine Griezmann was ineffective in the Barcelona attack, struggling to breach open the opposing backline.

SUBSTITUTES

Martin Brathwaite 5/10

Didn’t provide much substance despite coming on for Trincao at the start of second-half. One could expect much better from the in-form striker.

Samuel Umtiti 6/10

Replaced Lenglet around the hour-mark in what was a gutsy move by Koeman given the Frenchman’s lack of game-time in recent years. Fared better than the two starting centre-backs.

Junior Firpo 6/10

Offered more dynamism and work-rate going forward after replacing Alba in the second half. Probed the Juve defence with his runs.

Riqui Puig 7/10

Riqui Puig was by far the most influential performer for Barcelona aside from Messi. The young midfielder was at the centre of things, probing the opposing defence with his smart passes and clever movements.

Oscar Mingueza N/A

A late replacement for Araujo, who picked up a knock.

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