Barcelona have failed to beat Atletico in their last three clashes, not scoring in any of them, but displayed a fearsome attack during the game to end their worst streak. ahead of the team in terms of form.
Their victory turned sour, however, as Alves was sent off for a tackle on Carrasco, but the team won’t mind as they move into fourth, two points ahead of Diego Simeone’s men.
Here are the player ratings:
Rating of Barcelona players
Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 6.5 / 10
The Barcelona keeper was exposed several times and beaten twice in the evening.
Dani Alves – 7/10
The Brazilian scored and assisted one each but was sent off for a silly challenge late in the game, nullifying all that he was able to do.
Ronald Araujo – 7/10
Araujo couldn’t keep up with Carrasco to score Atletico’s opener but then scored himself with a beautiful finish.
Gerard Pique – 7/10
Barcelona’s attack was constantly looking to put the ball forward with long passes but also kept things tidy in the back, creating five clearances in the game.
Jordi Alba – 7.5 / 10
He rushes forward with great energy and purpose but his crosses lack precision. Alba put in two important passes and put together a good performance all round.
Pedri – 7/10
The 19-year-old was a key player in Barcelona’s midfield, weaving in passes as well as disrupting opposition play.
Sergio Busquets – 6/10
He coordinated well with Pedri but had some sloppy moments from the Barcelona captain.
Frenkie de Jong – 7.5 / 10
Continuing with his brilliant form, the Dutch player led the press with derision and was a thorn in the face of Atletico.
Adama Traore – 8/10
The hero returns full of sophisticated tricks and also has an assist in a memorable debut.
Ferran Torres – 5.5 / 10
He missed a chance in the first half but Araujo was right there to knock it home and save him with a blush. Not the best game for young players.
Gavi – 7/10
He scored Barcelona’s second goal with the only shot on target of the game and made some neat passes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6/10
The Gabonese striker also made his debut, but without a significant shake.
Sergino Dest – 6.5 / 10
Dest completed three tackles despite being on the field for only 19 minutes and was a breath of fresh air.
Nico Gonzalez –
He sometimes looks out of speed but shows his passing range.
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