quarta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2016

Barcelona 4-0 Manchester City player ratings: Who was YOUR man of the match at the Nou Camp?

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Lionel Messi ensured a nightmare return to the Nou Camp for Pep Guardiola as the Argentine scored an impressive hat-trick

Lionel Messi scored another Champions League hat-trick as Pep Guardiola endured a nightmare return to the Nou Camp.
The Argentine bagged his first before the break, capitalising on a Fernandinho slip before beating Claudio Bravo.
Messi soon beat substitute Wily Caballero to add his second before completing his hat-trick.
Neymar then missed a penalty but made amends soon after with a fine solo goal.
Here are John Cross' complete player ratings.


Ter Stegen 7 - Easy to see why Guardiola called him before Bravo in the summer. Good saves.
Mascherano 6 - Played as a makeshift right back to help Barcelona’s injury-hit defence.
Pique 6 - Went off injured before half time after a heavy challenge by Silva.

ReutersGerard Pique sustains an injury
Gerard Pique sustains an injury

Umtiti 7 - Went close with a header and was fairly solid in defence for Barcelona.
Alba 5 - Went off injured early, having seen City cause problems on his left flank.
Rakitic 7 - Busy performance, made Barcelona tick while City worked hard to close him down.
Busquets 7 - Very effective midfield display as he shielded his defence to good effect.

Action Images via ReutersLionel Messi celebrates scoring with Neymar and Sergio Busquets
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring with Neymar and Sergio Busquets

Iniesta 8 - Hardly misplaced a pass all night, a legend of the game. Assist for Messi’s second.
Messi 9 MOTM - His skill magic makes him the world’s best player, there can be no doubt.

Action Images via ReutersLionel Messi celebrates scoring
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring

Suarez 8 - His incredible work rate and determination caused City all sorts of problems.
Neymar 7 - His 150th appearance for Barcelona and looks destined for many more on this evidence. Made up for his missed penalty with a fine goal.
Digne, for Alba, 9 mins, 6
Mathieu, for Pique, 38 mins, 5
Gomes, for Iniesta, 78 mins

Action Images via ReutersPep Guardiola looks dejected
Pep Guardiola looks dejected

Manchester City

Bravo 4 - His theatrical display was unconvincing even before his embarrassing red card.
Zabaleta 5 - Lots of commitment but his days are coming to an end. Undone for pace.
Stones 6 - Missed a glorious chance to equalise but headed wide from close range.
Otamendi 6 - Battled well, some good blocks and did his best to keep Barca’s forwards quiet.

ReutersNicolas Otamendi looks dejected after Lionel Messi scored
Otamendi looks dejected after conceding

Kolarov 6 - Good technically, uses the ball well but often flawed when asked to defend.
Fernandinho 5 - Slipped over at a crucial moment and allowed the goal to open up for Messi.
Gundogan 7 - Good running from midfield and was denied by excellent save from ter Stegen.

ReutersIlkay Gundogan reacts after a missed chance
Ilkay Gundogan reacts after a missed chance

Silva 7 - Booked. Shown a yellow for bad foul on Pique. Most out of keeping for Silva.
Sterling 7 - Gave Barcelona some early problems, worked hard and used his pace well.
Nolito 5 - Some lively runs but far too often a periphery figure for City’s forward line.

Action Images via ReutersNolito speaks with manager Pep Guardiola
Nolito speaks with Pep Guardiola

De Bruyne 6 - Surprise inclusion as a false nine. The position did not get the best out of him.
Caballero, for Nolito, 58 mins, 6
Clichy, for Zabaleta, 58 mins, 6
Aguero, for Gundogan, 77 mins

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