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FC Barcelona 2-0 Osasuna: Player Ratings

FC Barcelona 2-0 Osasuna: Player Ratings

Iñaki Peña (6/10)

A relatively quiet night for the backup to Marc-André ter Stegen, until he made a crucial save in a one-on-one against Ante Budimir in the 40th minute.

The second half was just as quiet for the Spanish goalkeeper, with just one save made. He kept his concentration and was reliable when called upon.

Jules Koundé (4/10)

Not heavily involved defensively, he was solid enough in his right-back position when called upon. Offensively, he lacked creativity and combinations with Raphinha. Too many sloppy mistakes in his game.

With Koundé playing for his place at Euro 2024 this year, he’ll need to do much better to catch the eye of Deschamps.

Ronald Araujo (6/10)

A rock at the back for Barça. It’s no wonder that Bayern Munich are targeting the Uruguayan center-back as a priority to strengthen their backline.

Apart from a small scare in the first half, he exudes an impressive confidence and excels at using his physical attributes to win the ball back. His distribution wasn’t half bad either, with some precise crosses that stretched Osasuna’s defense.

Andreas Christensen (6/10)

He can thank his center-back partner, Araujo, for covering up several errors of his own.

In attack, he proved to be a good target for set-pieces and even came close to scoring with a beautiful volley in the 5th minute, well saved by Osasuna’s goalkeeper.

He was the catalyst for Barça’s opening goal, with a high recovery in midfield.

Alejandro Balde (4/10)

Not heavily involved in his left-back position, the 20-year-old Spanish youngster showed maturity. Although a bit nervous on his defensive interventions, the gap for Barça this evening seemed to be the space between him and Christensen on the left side of the defense.

Frenkie de Jong (7/10)

The maestro of Barça’s midfield three. Always available for his teammates, it’s a joy to watch him maneuver the ball in the heart of the game. He always plays the ball cleanly and everything that Barça does well starts with the Dutch midfielder.

He knew when to slow the game down or speed it up, the real conductor of this team.

Sergi Roberto (6/10)

Dynamic in midfield, he injected energy and enthusiasm. In a great move in the 12th minute, he created a golden opportunity for Robert Lewandowski, but the Pole couldn’t convert.

The Mr. Barça was replaced in the 60th minute by Pedri.

Ilkay Gündoğan (7/10)

A key player in the midfield, the former Manchester City man was also dangerous on set-pieces, with well-taken corners and an ambitious 40-yard free kick that nearly surprised Herrera in the 19th minute. His intelligence and vision are always evident on the pitch.

In the 58th minute, following a high recovery, Gündoğan perfectly served Lewandowski in the box for the opening goal.

Raphinha (3/10)

Not very precise in his runs or ball control, he showed too little tonight. He had to leave the field injured in the 41st minute, being replaced by the youngster Lamine Yamal.

Ferran Torres (3/10)

Lackluster in his left-wing position, Barça’s attacks were focused primarily on their right side, limiting the opportunities for Torres to exploit the ball. Despite this, he came close in the 7th minute, with a shot from 18 yards out that just missed the right post.

The Spanish winger showed slightly more penetration in the second half, but much more is expected. He was replaced in the 60th minute by João Félix.

Robert Lewandowski (6/10)

The first half was frustrating for the big Polish striker, with several missed opportunities, including a chance missed in the 12th minute, despite a perfect pass from Sergi Roberto.

He continued to show determination, and it paid off in the 58th minute when he opened the scoring with a beautiful cross-shot from the penalty spot.

Substitutes

Lamine Yamal (6/10)

Came on for Raphinha in the 41st minute and made an instant impact, creating a chance for Pedri in the 50th minute. He also scored the second goal for Barcelona.

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