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Raphinha Gets 8, Torres 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 entertained Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp earlier today as they looked to earn all three points in front of their home fans. The Catalan club made a good start to the game and scored the opening goal in the 44th minute when Ferran Torres got his name on the scoresheet. Barca went into the half-time interval 1-0 up on the scoreline.

Xavi’s men sat on their lead well in the second 45 minutes and secured a narrow 1-0 win at home in La Liga.

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

GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 7/10

The German keeper made a few solid saves at the back and earned a well-deserved clean sheet at the Nou Camp.

RB: Jules Kounde – 7.5/10

He didn’t do much wrong at the back and had a couple of lively moments going forward.

CB: Ronald Araujo – 7/10

Araujo cleared the danger when needed and did enough to secure a clean sheet this afternoon.

CB: Marcos Alonso – 6.5/10

The Spaniard kept things solid at the back and was replaced at the hour mark.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 23: Ferran Torres of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid at Spotify Camp Nou on April 23, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

LB: Alejandro Balde – 7/10

He was hardly tested defensively and was a good presence on the ball.

CM: Frenkie de Jong – 7/10

De Jong was a positive influence in both halves and was accurate with his passing.

CM: Sergio Busquets – 6.5/10

The Spanish talent anchored the midfield well but offered very little going forward.

CM: Gavi – 6.5/10

He had a few shot attempts but failed to register a goal today.

RW: Raphinha – 8/10

Raphinha caused all kinds of problems for the Atletico defenders and has got an assist to show for his efforts.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 7/10

He caused a few headaches for the opposition defenders but gave away the ball cheaply at times.

LW: Ferran Torres – 7.5/10

Torres scored the only goal of the contest just before the half-time break. He had a quiet game otherwise.


CM: Pedri – 6/10

He added some energy to Barca’s midfield.

CB: Eric Garcia – 6.5/10

Garcia made one key chance in the final third.

CM: Franck Kessie – 6/10

He offered very little after coming on as a substitute.

LW: Ansu Fati – N/A

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

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