Barcelona entertained Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp earlier tonight as they hoped to secure a win at home in La Liga. The Catalan outfit made a slow start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the fifth minute when Mikel Merino found the back of the net. Barca went into the half-time break 1-0 down on the scoreline.
Alexander Sorloth doubled the visiting team’s lead in the 72nd minute. Robert Lewandowski scored a late goal for Barca but it was not enough as Xavi’s men crashed to a narrow 2-1 defeat in front of their home fans.
Let’s take a look at how each Barcelona player fared during the match against Real Sociedad.
GK: Marc-André ter Stegen – 6.5/10
The German keeper made a few important saves at the back but still ended up conceding two goals tonight.
RB: Alejandro Balde – 6.5/10
He was a positive influence at both ends of the pitch but has got nothing to show for his efforts.
CB: Jules Kounde – 6/10
Kounde made some poor errors at the back but managed to make some crucial clearances as well.
CB: Andreas Christensen – 6.5/10
He was a strong presence in the air and passed the ball accurately from inside his half.
LB: Jordi Alba – 6.5/10
The Spaniard got stuck in with some solid tackles and managed to engineer two good chances in the final third.
CM: Franck Kessie – 6.5/10
He had some bright moments in the game but failed to protect his backline.
CM: Sergio Busquets – 6.5/10
Busquets secured the ball a few times for his side at the centre of the park and had some lively moments in the final third.
CM: Frenkie de Jong – 7/10
He worked hard defensively and made some energetic runs with the ball from midfield.
RW: Raphinha – 6/10
Raphinha made two positive runs with the ball but lacked quality in front of the opponent’s goal.
ST: Robert Lewandowski – 7/10
The Polish striker got his name on the scoresheet late in the game. But his goal was not enough in the end.
LW: Ousmane Dembele – 8/10
The French talent made a lot of dangerous runs with the ball but struggled to finish off his chances.
CB: Marcos Alonso – 6/10
He made one decent run with the ball.
LW: Ansu Fati – 6.5/10
Fati made one key chance in the final third.
RW: Ferran Torres – 6.5/10
He came off the bench and picked up an assist.
CB: Eric Garcia – N/A
Garcia hardly had any time to make an impact.
CAM: Pablo Torre – N/A
He was Xavi’s last throw of the dice.