After struggling to crank open Sevilla’s defence in the opening period, Barcelona came back strong to demolish Jorge Sam paoli’s side in the next period.
All three goals oozed class and teamwork and showed the strengths of the great team that is in the making in Catalonia. Raphinha and Jordi Alba finished with a goal and an assist to their name each, while the third goal came courtesy of a lovely Gavi run.
Every player in the garnet-and-blue pulled off a memorable display, some more than others. Barça Universal brings you the player ratings from the game at Spotify Camp Nou.
Marc Andre Te Stegen: 7
The German was not called into action in the opening half as Barcelona put pressure on their visitors through repeated attacks. Had a silent second half en route to yet another clean sheet.
Jules Kounde: 7.5
Defensively solid in the openingg period, but left a feeling that he could do slightly better with his combination play in the final third.
Ronald Araujo: 7
The Uruguayan was the most accurate passer on the night, completing close to 97% of his passes on the night. Did not have too much work in defence but did well when called upon.
Andreas Christensen: 8
A ruthless display in the first half from the Dane, who completed 100% of not only his duels won but also long balls. Recorded north of 100 touches and completed the most passes on the night.
Jordi Alba: 9.5
The fullback was one of Barcelona’s most frequently used weapons to pry open Sevilla’s defence as he constantly looked for crosses. Heavily involved in the buildup in small combinations with Gavi, yet solid in defence.
The Spaniard gave Barcelona the lead in the 58th minute with a cool finish from close range. Picking the ball from Kessie after a well-timed run behind the defence, Alba shot the ball into the far corner.
In the 79th minute, the fullback received the ball from de Jong and laid it across the face of the goal for Raphinha to tuck in.
No direct goal contributions for Pedri against Sevilla, but created six chances, including one big chance at Spotify Camp Nou. Further, the protégé completed 100% of his dribbles and had 14 passes into the final third.
Sergio Busquets: NA
The veteran had only made four touches and three passes when he asked to be substituted. Barcelona will hope his injury is nothing serious.
Frenkie de Jong: 8.5
In Busquets’ absence, the young Dutchman stepped up and took charge of the pivot with an exceptional display. Over the opening 45 minutes alone, he completed over 50 touches with a whopping 96% pass accuracy and seven passes into the final third.
The Brazilian was an active force on the right wing, but often at a lack of ideas in the final third in the first half. Raphinha attempted to end every move with a central cross, much to Xavi’s dismay, for the manager wanted him to involve more diversity in his actions.
The former Leeds man was under pressure for his poor decision-making all game, but came good with a perfect cutback and pass across the face of the goal to assist Gavi’s goal in the 70th minute. He also found Kessie for the first goal, who assisted Alba.
Finally, scored a special goal to kill the game off in the final minutes off a Jordi Alba assist.
Robert Lewandowski: 8
After his forgettable ninety minutes against Real Betis, Lewy was back at his best against Sevilla from the opening whistle. His regular movements on the field helped Barcelona unlock the defence time and time again while his shots had a degree of venom in them.
The Polish International had the best chance of the first half when he shot from outside the box in the 26th minute. However, Bono did impressively deny him.
Deployed on the wing, the youngster’s primary focus on the night was to create an attacking threat alongside Lewandowski. Needless to say, he justified the position with two chances and a big chance created just in the opening hour.
In the 70th minute, the Golden Boy was in the right place at the right time to double his team’s lead. The finish was simple and elegant, a simple tap-in from a sumptuous Raphinha assist.
Franck Kessie: 7.5
Coming on for Busquets early in the game, Kessie had a rare chance in La Liga to prove his worth. Was solid in the first half, with reliable passing and a touch of creativity.
However, the Ivory Coast International’s biggest moment came in the 58th minute when he held up play in the box, waited for Alba’s run and shimmied it into his path to set up the Spaniard’s opening goal.
Ansu Fati: NA
Came on too late to have a tangible impact.
Marcos Alonso: NA
Played less than 15 minutes after he came on for Ronald Araujo.
Alex Balde: NA
Replaced the injured Alba for the closing minutes.
Ferran Torres: NA
Came on very late.