Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Barcelona, 2017 La Liga: Player Ratings


Marc-André ter Stegen

The best player on the pitch. Was asked on numerous times to make difficult saves and he rose to the challenge to keep Barça in the game and keep his clean sheet.

Sam says: 10

You say: 10


A very strong performance from the returning full-back. As well as putting in a good defensive display, Jordi Alba’s link-up play with Lionel Messi yielded the opening goal.

Sam says: 8

You say: 7


Gerard Piqué

Looked to struggle at time against Aduriz and could have been punished in the first half when the striker darted in ahead of him to meet a cross. Gathered more composure in the second half which was needed.

Sam says: 6

You say: 7


Samuel Umtiti

A good performance was somewhat soured towards the end of the game as some sarcastic clapping was lucky to not send Umtiti off. Beforehand, he was very good and kept two physical Athletic forwards at bay.

Sam says: 7

You say: 8


Quieter than his counterpart on the other flank, Roberto didn’t see much of the ball on the right wing. However, he was vital at the back and prevented a constant supply of crosses to Aduriz.

Sam says: 6

You say: 7


Paulinho

Put in a good defensive display and was on hand to score Barça’s second which killed the game.

Sam says: 7

You say: 8


Very good from Busquets again. Five tackles, one interception and a clearance made sure Barça kept that clean sheet.

Sam says: 8

You say: 7


Ivan Rakitić

A better performance from the Croatian than we’ve seen so far this season. Relying on Roberto to overlap and Rakitić played the majority of the game inside the field.

Sam says: 6

You say: 6


André Gomes

Essentially being played out of position, Gomes did okay in this game. However, twice he showed hesitancy when facing goal. He took too many touches when he should have been looking to get a shot away and subsequently wasted two good chances.

Sam says: 7

You say: 7


Luis Suárez

Yet another average performance from Suárez. Showed a brief glimpse of his old self in the 65th minute by skipping past the defender but he couldn’t get the shot away.

Sam says: 5

You say: 6.5


Lionel Messi

Called upon again to create some magic when the players around him are struggling. Starting and ending the move that resulted in the opening goal of the game. Also made two good chances, one for Paulinho and one for Gomes, which should have been converted.

Sam says: 8

You say: 8


Nelson Semedo

Didn’t play long enough to warrant a full rating.

Sam says: N/A

You say: 7


The Team

A very poor performance from Barça was saved by the brilliance of Messi and a good defensive display

Sam says: 6

You say: 7


Ernesto Valverde

Continues to try and deploy Gomes and Rakitić on the wing when it is not working.

Sam says: 6

You say: 6.5


Man of the match?

Sam says: ter Stegen

You say: ter Stegen



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