Barcelona locked horns with Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano earlier tonight as they hoped to grind out a result on the road. The Catalan outfit made a poor start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the 23rd minute when Thomas Lemar scored with a powerful strike. Luis Suarez doubled the home team’s advantage just before the half-time break when he found the back of the net with a calm finish. Barca trailed at half-time by a 2-0 scoreline and with a mountain to climb in the second half.
Both sides canceled each other out in the second 45 minutes as the contest finished with the Catalans suffering a 2-0 loss at the Spanish capital.
Let’s take a look at how each Barcelona player fared during the clash against Atletico Madrid.
GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 5.5/10
The German keeper made one save throughout the game but won’t be pleased after conceding two goals in the first half.
RB: Oscar Mingueza – 5.5/10
Mingueza had a tough outing on the defensive end of the field. He also struggled to make an impact in the opposition half.
CB: Ronald Araujo – 6/10
He won a couple of decent aerial duels but like many of his teammates, he will be disappointed after conceding two goals in the first half.
CB: Gerard Pique – 6.5/10
The Spaniard won a lot of headers but his efforts were not enough for Barca to secure anything out of this game.
LB: Sergiño Dest – 6/10
Dest was far from convincing with his defensive contributions but still managed to catch the eye by making a couple of powerful runs with the ball.
CM: Sergio Busquets – 6.5/10
The Spanish midfielder used his experience well to give Barca a lot of control in midfield. However, he had an uneventful game in the final third.
CM: Nico Gonzalez – 5.5/10
He hardly got into the flow of the game and was substituted at the half-time break.
LW: Gavi – 6.5/10
Gavi had a couple of bright moments in the Atletico Madrid half. He also worked hard to help his teammates out at the back.
CAM: Philippe Coutinho – 6.5/10
The Brazilian attacker was Barca’s best hope for a goal tonight. However, he lacked the cutting edge in the final third.
RW: Frenkie de Jong – 6/10
He struggled to get into the rhythm of the game. However, de Jong did well to work tirelessly towards helping his teammates out at the back.
ST: Memphis Depay – 6/10
Depay was poor on the night as he failed to get his name on the scoresheet.
RB: Sergi Roberto – 6/10
He added some energy to the Barca defence.
RW: Ansu Fati – 6/10
He didn’t get any sights at goal.
ST: Luuk de Jong – 6/10
De Jong was Koeman’s last throw of the dice.
CM: Riqui Puig – 6/10
He added some freshness to Barca’s midfield.
CB: Clement Lenglet – N/A
Lenglet hardly had any time to influence the game.