Barcelona 2-0 Sporting CP: Player Ratings

Navjot’s ratings from the Champions League draw against the Portuguese side

Jasper Cillessen

A decent performance capped off by some vital saves. Perhaps his best moment in the game came when he saved a powerful attempt by Bas Dost and the hug that followed between the international team-mates

Navjot’s rating: 7


Nelson Semedo

Not his best game considering he had additional coverage from Aleix Vidal. Semedo never pushed high enough and lacked creativity. Picked up a booking which rules him out of the first leg of the next round.

Navjot’s rating: 6


Gerard Pique

A solid showing from Geri who looked comfortable in the heart of the defence. He made four clearances, won four headers, and attempted two successful tackles. All in all, a good night.

Navjot’s rating: 8


Thomas Vermaelen

Vermaelen is building a strong case as a third choice centre-back. Yes, he can barely stay fit. But when he is healthy, he looks exceptionally composed.

Navjot’s rating: 7


Lucas Digne

Digne had an incredible game. Three tackles, four interceptions, two clearances (which is good when you are on the flank) and won an impressive five aerial duels.

Navjot’s rating: 8


Andre Gomes

One of Andre Gomes’ best performances in a Barcelona shirt if you ask me. Of course, it’s not like a central midfielder will do well in—umm—central midfield.

Navjot’s rating: 8


Ivan Rakitic

An all-around performance from Rakitic who was excellent in defence. His passing was crisp from deep and had a purpose.

Navjot’s rating: 9


Denis Suarez

A good game from Denis. His teasing cross aimed at Paco Alcacer was well aimed and served its purpose as the Galician registered an assist for himself.

Navjot’s Rating: 8


Aleix Vidal

A pretty meh performance from Vidal who attempted a few crosses and stretched play but lacked ingenuity.

Navjot’s rating: 6


Paco Alcacer

Another performance from Alcacer that puts Luisito in the hot-seat. A good goal, with a hard-working display.

Navjot’s rating: 8


Luis Suarez

Some moments of brilliance that never came to fruition. The goals will come but at the moment, Suarez is struggling.

Navjot’s rating: 6


Lionel Messi

Came on with half an hour of play left. Had some good moments and forced play in the opposition third on a couple of occasions.

Navjot’s rating: 7


Sergio Busquets

Typical performance, and brought control to the side.

Navjot’s rating: 7


Paulinho

Not enough playing time.

Navjot’s rating: NA


Team

A good performance despite the not so attacking display.

Navjot’s rating: 7


Ernesto Valverde

In hindsight, playing Nelson Semedo (and a majority of the starters) in a throw-away game was not very wise. Barcelona, however, had enough wiggle room to make it happen which justifies the coach’s decisions.

Navjot’s rating: 7