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Celta Vigo 1-2 FC Barcelona: Player Ratings

Man of the Match: L.Yamal (7.5): The Masia product once again showcased his attacking qualities, with his one-touch play and speed allowing him to provide a magnificent assist for Lewandowski, as well as a penalty. He was substituted in the dying seconds of the match by O.Romeu.

Celta Vigo (4-4-2)

Guaita (4.5): He didn’t have much to do in this match. He was rarely troubled but unfortunately conceded two goals: one from one of Barcelona’s few shots in the game and then a penalty late in the match.

Oscar Mingueza (6): The former Barça player had a tough game in the first half, often beaten by Cancelo on his wing. He managed to be more present defensively and even offensively in the second half, providing a very nice backheel for Aspas’ goal. He was replaced late in the match by Vazquez.

C.Starfelt (5.5): He was the boss of Celta Vigo’s defense tonight. He was present in all areas, both in the game by always leaving a foot to counter the opposing attacks and also on corners with his heading ability.

C.Dominguez (4): He unfortunately performed inconsistently. At times he was present defensively and at others, not very reassuring. He didn’t have a great game but still managed to show physical impact when needed. He was replaced in the second half by U. Nunez.

M.Ristic (5): On his side, he showed good things especially offensively by overflowing on the right side several times but without real success. He was replaced by Sanchez who, on the other hand, made some very good defensive and offensive moves.

T.Allende (5): The Argentine showed all his playing volume as well as his technique. Very physically present, he was the instigator of many defensive retreats that allowed his team to exist during the first half. He was replaced by the young Swede Swedberg.

R.Tapia (5.5): The Peruvian international showed very good defensive quality in the first half and then in the second half was more present on the attacking front by projecting his team’s play with passes to the wingers.

Beltran (4.5): He showed good things without being sparkling. He was nevertheless present on the attacking front in the second half.

De La Torre (5): The Spanish player showed himself to be offensive by overflowing several times on his left side without unfortunately worrying the opposing defense.

I.Aspas (7): Despite his 36 years, the Spanish international has once again shown all his qualities with an irreproachable offensive involvement, including his goal that allowed Celta to believe in a draw until the end of the match. But he also exploited his passing quality with many reversals of play that put the Barcelona rearguard to the test.

J.Strand Larsen (4): A match without the Norwegian. Often alone, he was only rarely dangerous and only had a few chances. He came off in the second half and was replaced by Douvikas.

FC Barcelona (4-3-3)

Ter Stegen (5): The German goalkeeper was rarely troubled during the match. However, he made some good saves, including one from Mingueza late in the second half.

Cancelo (5.5): As usual, he was very active on the left side, where he repeatedly managed to break down the opposition’s defense and create danger.

Pau Cubarsi (4.5): The young Spanish central defender had a rather complicated game. He was often in difficulty against Aspas’s dribbling and passes. He still needs to develop his physical play to continue to gain minutes in this Barcelona defense.

Araujo (not rated): The Uruguayan international defended perfectly in the first half against the Celta attacks. He came out at the start of the second half, a decision by Xavi to preserve him for the Champions League match against Napoli next week. He was replaced by I.Martinez.

Koundé (4.5): A difficult match for the Frenchman, often overwhelmed on the right side. He lacked percussion. He was unfortunately at fault for I.Aspas’ goal, deflecting his shot and deceiving his goalkeeper.

Pedri (6.5): He seems to be able to do everything, he was present in all areas of the game. On many occasions, he managed to recover balls and allowed himself and his team to project themselves quickly. He once again showed an impressive playing volume. He was replaced by Fermin.

A.Christensen (6): The Danish central defender was once again in the Barcelona midfield. Xavi had already praised his qualities in this position some time ago and this match confirms his words. Christensen did some very good things by putting a lot of pressure on the opposing midfielders, which allowed him to recover important balls. He was replaced at the beginning of the second half by Gündoğan.

Frenkie de Jong (6): He proved that he is the boss of this midfield. He is the conductor of the Barcelona midfield, playing on both sides of the field. However, he can be criticized for his numerous fouls, fortunately without consequences.

V.Roque (3.5): The Brazilian tiger, who recently arrived this winter, had a complicated first start. He often lacked realism and was even clumsy several times in the first half. He was therefore replaced at the start of the second half by Raphinha who, on the other hand, showed his quality of shooting and his speed on the left side of the attack.

R.Lewandowski (7): The probable Ballon d’Or 2020 had trouble getting into the game. He initially lacked accuracy in his controls before waking up at the end of the first half to score a goal that allowed Barça to go into the dressing room with the advantage. The second half was identical to the first with a long crossing of the desert for the player before scoring a penalty at the end of the match in two attempts, which gave the Catalans the victory in the last minutes of the match.

L.Yamal: See above.

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