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Kounde Gets 8, Araujo With 7.5 | Barcelona Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Atletico Madrid

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Barcelona locked horns with Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano earlier tonight as they looked to secure a win away from home in La Liga. Xavi’s men made a bright start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 22nd minute when Ousmane Dembele found the back of the net. Barcelona sat on their lead well and went into the half-time interval 1-0 up on the scoreline.

The Catalan giants controlled the game well in the second half and managed to grind out a 1-0 win on the road.

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

GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 7/10

The German keeper made a few important saves at the back but was a bit untidy with his passing.

RB: Jules Kounde – 8/10

Kounde gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field and made one key chance in the final third.

CB: Ronald Araujo – 7.5/10

He kept things solid at the back and was accurate with his passing.

CB: Andreas Christensen – 7.5/10

Christensen earned the ball back a few times and cleared the danger when needed. He will be quite pleased with the clean sheet.

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LB: Alejandro Balde – 7.5/10

He did his fair share of defending and had a couple of bright moments in the final third.

CM: Gavi – 7/10

Gavi anchored the midfield well and made one key chance in the opponent’s half. He picked an assist for setting up Dembele’s goal.

CM: Sergio Busquets – 7.5/10

The veteran midfielder offered decent protection for his teammates at the back and had a couple of promising moments in the Atletico half.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 7/10

De Jong managed to catch the eye at times during the game but didn’t get a sniff at goal.

RW: Ousmane Dembele – 7/10

The French sensation had a few strikes at goal and ended up scoring the only goal of the game in the 22nd minute.

ST: Ansu Fati – 6.5/10

Fati linked up play well with others around him but never looked like he would find the back of the net.

LW: Pedri – 7/10

Pedri completed a couple of dribbles on the left flank and managed to engineer two meaningful chances in the final third.

Substitutes:

ST: Ferran Torres – 5/10

He lost his head and got sent off in injury time.

ST: Franck Kessie – 6/10

Kessie earned the ball back a few times and made one key chance in the opponent’s half.

RW: Raphinha – 6/10

The Brazilian added some pace to Xavi’s attack.

RB: Sergi Roberto – 6/10

He was solid at the back.

LB: Marcos Alonso – 6/10

Alonso made a couple of important clearances at the back.

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