Barcelona progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a comparatively comfy 3-1 victory over Italian giants Napoli on Saturday night.
Barça began nervously, but their opening goal set the tone for the game, as they ripped I Partenopei apart over the next 45 minutes. It was an outstanding first-half show from la Blaugrana, and regardless of a shaky second interval, they’re now solely three games away from European glory.
Let’s get into some player scores.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (GK) – 7/10 – Was pretty untroubled in the first half, solely conceding from the spot. Had little to do in the second interval regardless of Napoli’s dominance, but did come up with the essential saves when required.
Nelson Semedo (RB) – 8/10 – Flew up and down the right touchline like a madman, breaking behind the Napoli defence and supporting Lionel Messi to the best of his capabilities. Allowed the Argentine sufficient room to do his factor.
Gerard Pique (CB) – 7/10 – Looked shaky in the opening exchanges, but shortly settled into his typical rhythm. Repelled loads of excessive balls with usually stoic defending. Headed every thing.
Clement Lenglet (CB) – 8/10 – Gave Barça the lead with a towering header, and delivered a robust efficiency towards a spread of strikers. Stood up to the bodily presence of Arek Milik late on.
Jordi Alba (LB) – 8/10 – Caused loads of issues along with his attacking motion, whipping in a number of harmful crosses and overlapping at will throughout a rampant opening spell. Retreated as the game progressed, performing his defensive duties expertly.
Frenkie de Jong (CM) – 7/10 – Neat and tidy in possession, popping up on the left side of midfield to offer his services to his teammates. A usually stylish show.
Sergi Roberto (CM) – 7/10 – An unspectacular efficiency from Roberto, but he did the soiled work that so typically goes unnoticed all through the game. Put in some important and well timed tackles to stop Napoli from operating at the Barça defence,
Ivan Rakitic (CM) – 7/10 – Laid on the opening goal with a depraved corner, and used the ball nicely in possession, recurrently making an attempt to penetrate the traces with intelligent vertical passes. Stupidly conceded a penalty simply before half-time to let Napoli back into the game.
Lionel Messi (RW) – 9/10 – Did Lionel Messi issues, scoring an unimaginable particular person goal to double Barcelona’s lead, bending a surprising effort into the far corner from a near-impossible position. Then had a second dominated out for a suspect handball decision. Won a penalty for the third goal of the night. He was clearly actually good, apart from that.
Antoine Griezmann (LW) – 6/10 – Not his best night, but once once more Griezmann was doing a job for his colleagues out of position. The Frenchman battled away on the left-hand side, linking up properly with De Jong when he might. Pretty ineffective.
Luis Suarez (ST) – 7/10 – Worked arduous to create space for his fellow forwards, and got his reward by tucking away a penalty simply before half-time. Ploughed on in the second half and got the job completed.
Monchu – N/A
Junior Firpo – N/A
David Ospina (GK) – 6/10 – Had little probability with any of Barcelona’s goals, and was stable with the ball at his toes when known as upon. A surprisingly regular night for a psychological goalkeeper.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo (RB) – 6/10 – Put up the best struggle of the total backline, while providing loads of tempo and vigour in assault. Looked far more comfy going forward than doing his defensive duties.
Kostas Manolas (CB) – 5/10 – Not the repeat of the dream night Manolas loved towards Barça two years in the past. Failed to get to grips with Suarez and Messi all night, and looked extraordinarily uneasy on the ball.
Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) – 4/10 – Endured a troublesome night time up towards the best player in the world. Was found wanting on more than one event, before kicking seven bells out of Messi in the penalty space. And that was that for Napoli.
Mario Rui (LB) – 5/10 – An evening to overlook for the Portuguese defender. Coming up towards Messi and Nelson Semedo is the final check for any full-back, and unsurprisingly, Mario Rui failed. Can’t blame him although, they’re actually good at football.
Diego Demme (CM) – 5/10 – Far, far, far too tender for Barcelona’s opening goal. Allowed himself to be pushed away from the ball, before blocking Koulibaly’s path and gifting the lead to the hosts. Demme could really feel he was fouled, but he might have been stronger. Substituted at half-time, which says all of it.
Fabian Ruiz (CM) – 7/10 – Provided Napoli’s most inventive menace from the midfield, floating between the traces and carving out some good scoring alternatives, both for himself or his teammates. A stable show.
Piotr Zielinski (CM) – 5/10 – Struggled to get into the game, and sometimes looked relatively off the tempo. Dug in and tried to support his teammates before being hooked as the match started to evade the guests.
Jose Callejon (RW) – 6/10 – The most nameless presence in the three-pronged assault, along with his hazard recurrently nullified by the energetic Alba. Offered his typical ranges of arduous work and tireless operating, but introduced little in phrases of end product. Substituted with 20 minutes to play.
Lorenzo Insigne (LW) – 8/10 – Was vivid and harmful early on, but light as Barça took hold of the game. Gave I Partenopei hope with a cooly-taken penalty on the stroke of half-time. Pulled his marker throughout the pitch and was a significant menace all through.
Dries Mertens (ST) – 6/10 – Missed an exquisite alternative in the opening minutes, which might have undoubtedly modified the face of the total game. Won a spot-kick by cleverly drawing a foul, but supplied little else.
Stanislav Lobotka – 6/10
Hirving Lozano – 5/10
Matteo Politano – 6/10
Elif Elmas – 5/10
Arkadiusz Milik – 6/10