Barcelona welcomed Almeria at the Nou Camp earlier tonight as they looked to earn maximum points in front of their home fans. The Catalan outfit made a dominant start to the game but were held to a scoreless draw at half-time.
Ousmane Dembele opened the goal-scoring just three minutes into the second half before Frenkie de Jong made the points secure in the 62nd minute. The contest ended with Barcelona earning an impressive 2-0 win at home.
Let’s take a look at how each Barcelona player performed during the match against Almeria.
GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 7/10
The German keeper made one good save in the game and secured an easy clean sheet tonight.
RB: Alejandro Balde – 7.5/10
Balde made two key chances in the opponent’s half and was a threat in the final third. He was mostly untroubled defensively.
CB: Gerard Pique – 7.5/10
The Spaniard was a solid defensive presence inside his half and made one decent chance going forward.
CB: Marcos Alonso – 7/10
He kept things tidy at the back and did enough work to bag the clean sheet.
LB: Jordi Alba – 8/10
The Spanish talent didn’t do much wrong at the back and created a lot of inviting chances for his teammates from the left flank.
CM: Pedri – 7.5/10
Pedri anchored the midfield with conviction and was good on the ball as well.
CM: Sergio Busquets – 7/10
Busquets got stuck in with a few tackles and picked up an assist as well. He got replaced in the 67th minute.
CM: Frenkie de Jong – 8/10
De Jong engineered a lot of decent opportunities for others around him and made some encouraging runs with the ball. He got his name on the scoresheet just after the hour mark.
RW: Ousmane Dembele – 8/10
The Frenchman caused a lot of headaches for the Almeria defenders and opened the goal-scoring early in the second half which gave Barca the platform to go on and secure the win.
ST: Robert Lewandowski – 6.5/10
Lewandowski was a constant menace in front of the opposition’s goal but couldn’t take any of his chances.
LW: Ferran Torres – 7/10
Torres caused a lot of problems for his marker and did everything but score during his time on the field.
LW: Ansu Fati – 6.5/10
He added more pace to Xavi’s attack.
CM: Gavi – 6/10
The Spaniard added more energy to Barca’s midfield.
RW: Raphinha – 6/10
He had a couple of lively moments in the final third.
CB: Andreas Christensen – N/A
Christensen didn’t get enough time to influence the game.