Barcelona 5-0 Celta Vigo: Player Ratings

A dominating performance from the team.

Jasper Cillessen

Was rarely tested but did well when called upon.

You say: 7

Sam says: 7


Jordi Alba

The Alba-Messi connection is alive and well as the two regularly linked up in this game to devastating effect. Alba was forever willing to get forward in the knowledge that Messi could pick him out. Registered two assists and even got a goal himself.

You say: 10

Sam says: 10


Javier Mascherano

Unlike the first leg, Mascherano seemed unfazed by the pace of Celta’s attack this time and quickly stopped any chances before they became a real threat.

You say: 8

Sam says: 8


Gerard Piqué

Only played the first half but did not look troubled in that period.

You say: 7

Sam says: 7


Nélson Semedo

Not quite as buccaneering as his full back partner Alba, Semedo did look to get forward when possible. He also knew when to stay back and watch for a Celta counterattack.

You say: 8

Sam says: 7


Sergio Busquets

No real danger of a Celta counterattack so Busquets’ main role here was to convert defence into attack as quickly as possible which he did well.

You say: 8

Sam says: 8


Ivan Rakitić

Managed to fire away a shot in the first half but it sailed over the bar, he did however get a goal in the dying minutes to go with a good performance. Linked up with Jordi Alba well.

You say: 8

Sam says: 8


Andrés Iniesta

Kept giving the ball to the right people and allowed Barcelona’s first half momentum to flourish. Left the field just after the hour mark.

You say: 8

Sam says: 8


André Gomes

A better performance from Gomes as he proved once again how much of a confidence player he is. Orchestrated a quick one-two with Suárez that resulted in the ball finding the net but the Uruguayan was offside.

You say: 7

Sam says: 7


Luis Suárez

Snatched at a few of the chances in the game but was gifted a first half goal. The ball rolled to him and he made no mistake, firing it high into the net.

You say: 8

Sam says: 7


Lionel Messi

Produced one of the best passes I’ve ever seen for Alba’s goal. From a standing start, he whipped the ball 40 yards directly through the fence and into the path of Alba. Sublime stuff. Elsewhere, he was in lethal form scoring two well placed goals.

You say:

Sam says: 10


Ousmane Dembélé

Looked excellent in his 30 minute cameo. Frequently causing problems for the already exhausted Celta defence, the quick movement and skill was a sign of what to come. Appeared to leave the field with an injury but Valverde was quick to pour cold water on any doubts.

You say:

Sam says: 8


Thomas Vermaelen

Played the second half and kept Celta out when needed

You say: 8

Sam says: 7


José Arnáiz

Played just under 30 minutes and looked a real danger thanks to some clever runs.

You say: 7

Sam says: 8


Ernesto Valverde

Won the game early and then rested key players.

You say: 10

Sam says: 10


The Team

Dominating from start to finish, a real momentum building win.

You say: 10

Sam says: 10


MOTM?

You say: Messi

Sam says: Messi