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Barcelona v Chelsea player ratings: Who fizzed and who fell flat at Nou Camp?


Marc-André ter Stegen
Stood firm for Alonso’s first-half effort, although he was well beaten for the Spaniard’s free kick that struck the post. 6/10

Sergi Roberto
A consistently steady presence with the ball but in defence he looked frightened by Chelsea’s pace. Booked for a foul on Hazard. 6/10

Lionel Messi scored two and set up another as the Nou Camp paid tribute to the Argentine forward with a huge 'God Save The King' banner
Lionel Messi scored two and set up another as the Nou Camp paid tribute to the Argentine forward with a huge ‘God Save The King’ banner

Gerard Piqué
Did not enjoy the physical battle with Giroud but still did the dirty work that was needed, particularly with a lunging block on Alonso. 6/10

Samuel Umtiti
Strong in dealing with Giroud, and showed all the class that one would expect from a Barcelona defender. Used his speed to cover. 7/10

Jordi Alba
The lurking presence of Willian prevented him from being quite as adventurous as usual. Cannot be faulted for his defensive work. 6/10

Ousmane Dembélé
Produced a stunning finish for his first ever Barcelona goal. Stretched the Chelsea defence and baffled them with some scintillating feints and flicks. 8/10

Sergio Busquets
Removed after an hour with a knock. Not as dominant as he was at Stamford Bridge, but still brings an air of calm. 6/10

Ivan Rakitic
Covered the ground that Busquets and Iniesta did not, and played those quick, short passes on which Messi thrives. Unruffled throughout. 7/10

Andrés Iniesta
Typically composed in possession but clearly not fully fit after a recent hamstring injury. Barely needed to break into a run before he was substituted. 6/10

Lionel Messi
Scored two, made the other. Simply put, he is operating on a completely different level. This was his party, and he did what he wanted. 9/10

Luis Suárez
His understanding with Messi created the first and third, while an intelligent run allowed Dembélé to score the second. Breathless runner, occasionally sloppy. 7/10

Substitutes: Paulinho (Iniesta 55) 7Andre Gomes (Busquets 60) 6Aleix Vidal (Dembélé  66) 6.


Thibaut Courtois
Far too easily beaten at his near post for the opener, and may have done better for the second. Nearly gifted Suárez a goal. 4/10

Cesar Azpilicueta
It is rare indeed for Azpilicueta to look second-rate, but that is what Messi does to defenders. Outclassed by the world’s best. 5/10

Andreas Christensen
Paid the price after gambling that he could beat Messi to the ball in the build-up to Barcelona’s second. Another lesson learned. 5/10

Antonio Rudiger
The least troubled of Chelsea’s defenders, and the least exposed by Messi’s brilliance. Perhaps helped by Sergi Roberto’s conservatism on the Barcelona right. 6/10

Victor Moses
Could not get forward with the same verve as Alonso, and struggled on the occasions he did. Replaced by the less adventurous Zappacosta.5/10

Cesc Fàbregas
A difficult night. Caught on the ball by his old friend Messi in the first half, and dumped on his backside in the second. 4/10

N’Golo Kanté
As energetic as ever, covering enough ground for himself and for the less mobile Fabregas. Could have scored after bursting into the box.6/10

Marcos Alonso
Had more joy in attack than defence. Tested Ter Stegen, hit the post with a free kick and could have won a penalty. 6/10

Chelsea’s most dangerous player. Provided attacking thrust from all over the pitch, although he never quite found the crucial pass. 7/10

Olivier Giroud
Was not afraid to provide a burly presence in attack and certainly ruffled Pique and Umtiti’s feathers. Lacked a clinical edge. 6/10

Eden Hazard
Plenty of nice touches, but could not work his magic close enough to the Barcelona goal. Once again, a more peripheral attacking figure than Willian. 6/10

Substitutes: Álvaro Morata (Giroud 67) 5Davide Zappacosta (Moses 67) 6Pedro (Hazard 81) 6.

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