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Dembele Gets 8, Lewandowski With 7 | Barcelona Players Rated In Narrow Defeat Vs Real Sociedad

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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 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.

Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets (2nd-R) argues with Spanish referee Javier Alberola Rojas (R) during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 20, 2023. (Photo by Lluis GENE / AFP) (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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