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Pique Gets 7, Dembele With 5 | Barcelona Players Rated In Poor Defeat Vs Bayern Munich

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Barcelona clashed heads with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena earlier tonight as they hoped to grind out a win on their travels so that they can book a place in the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League. The Catalan giants made a poor start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 34th minute when Thomas Muller found the back of the net. Leroy Sane doubled the home side’s lead just nine minutes later as Barca went into the half-time break two goals down and with a mountain to climb in the second half.

Jamal Musiala killed the game off in the 62nd minute when he got his name on the scoresheet. Xavi’s men ended up losing the contest by a 3-0 scoreline which knocked them out of the UEFA Champions League.

Let’s take a look at how each Barcelona player fared during the contest against Bayern.

GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 6/10

The German keeper made some decent saves during the game but could have done better to prevent Leroy Sane’s goal.

RB: Ronald Araujo – 6.5/10

He was strong in the air and did his fair share of defending inside his half. He also made two good runs with the ball down the right flank.

CB: Gerard Pique – 7/10

The Spaniard made multiple interceptions at the back and tried his best to keep Robert Lewandowski quiet during the game.

CB: Clement Lenglet – 6/10

He won the ball back a couple of times and was tidy with his passing. However, he won’t be happy after shipping in three goals throughout the 90 minutes.

MUNICH, GERMANY – DECEMBER 08: Jordi Alba of Barcelona leaves the pitch injured and is substituted by Óscar Mingueza during the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Bayern München and FC Barcelona at Football Arena Munich on December 08, 2021 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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LB: Jordi Alba – 6/10

He performed his defensive duties well but could only last 30 minutes.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 6.5/10

De Jong made a few inviting chances for others around him but never looked like he had a goal in him.

CM: Sergio Busquets – 6/10

The Spanish talent tried his best to anchor the midfield and make life tough for the Bayern attackers. However, he was too slow to react to the danger at times inside his half.

CM: Gavi – 6/10

He made some encouraging runs with the ball but was lacklustre in the final third.

RW: Sergino Dest – 6/10

He got stuck in with a few tackles but offered very little in the attacking end of the pitch.

ST: Memphis Depay – 6.5/10

The Dutch sensation had a few bright moments in the final third but didn’t get too many chances to find the back of the net.

LW: Ousmane Dembele – 5.5/10

The French speedster’s impact on the game was minimal in the opposition half. He got replaced in the 72nd minute.


LB: Oscar Mingueza – 6.5/10

He won the ball back a few times but failed to make an impact in the opponent’s half.

CM: Nico Gonzalez – 6.5/10

He made some promising runs with the ball after coming on at half-time.

CM: Riqui Puig – 6/10

Puig added some energy to Xavi’s midfield.

LW: Philippe Coutinho – 6.5/10

He completed some dangerous dribbles with the ball but failed to register a goal.

RW: Yusuf Demir – N/A

Demir didn’t get enough minutes to warrant a rating.


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