Wednesday, March 22, 2023

De Jong And Lewandowski Get 8 | Barcelona Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Villarreal

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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 clashed heads with Villarreal at the Estadio de la Cerámica earlier tonight as they looked to secure a win in La Liga. The Catalan giants made a quick start to the game and scored the opening goal in the 18th minute courtesy of Pedri’s effort. Barca sat on their lead well and went into the half-time break 1-0 up on the scoreline.

Xavi’s men controlled the game well in the second half and earned a narrow 1-0 win on the road.

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

GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 7/10

The German keeper made a couple of solid saves at the back and secured a well-deserved clean sheet away from home.

RB: Jules Kounde – 6.5/10

Kounde didn’t do much wrong at the back and made one good run with the ball.

CB: Ronald Araujo – 7.5/10

He produced a dominant display on the defensive end of the field and was a strong presence in the air.

CB: Andreas Christensen – 7/10

Christensen didn’t do much wrong at the back and was accurate with his passing.

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LB: Alejandro Balde – 7/10

He performed his defensive duties well and made two good runs with the ball.

CM: Pedri – 7.5/10

Pedri got stuck in with some solid tackles and made a couple of inviting chances in the final third. He ended up scoring the only goal of the game in the 18th minute.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 8/10

De Jong earned the ball back for his team plenty of times and was also lively in the opponent’s half.

CM: Franck Kessie – 7/10

He was a positive influence at both ends of the field and passed the ball well from midfield.

RW: Raphinha – 6.5/10

The Brazilian sensation completed a couple of dangerous dribbles on the right flank.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 8/10

He was a constant menace in the final third and has got an assist to show for his efforts.

LW: Gavi – 7/10

The Spaniard had a couple of bright moments in the game but failed to find the back of the net.


RW: Ferran Torres – 6/10

He offered very little after coming on a substitute.

LB: Jordi Alba – N/A

Alba came on for the final few minutes of the game.

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