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February 19, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
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Player Ratings: Barcelona 5-1 Valencia

Goal.com rates the players on show as Lionel Messi bags four to help Pep Guardiola's side cruise to victory

By Martin Macdonald

  • Víctor Valdés
    235
    71
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Completely lost the flight of the ball for the Valencia goal in which he came off his line, allowing Piatti to score. Regained confidence as the game progressed and made a couple of good saves including a solid stop from a Feghouli volley.

  • Piqué
    272
    66
    3.00

    Piqué

    Came back into the starting XI after being dropped for the Leverkusen match and played with intelligence and made sure no silly mistakes were made at the back. A calmer and more reserved performance than usual, and this is currently what his team needs at the back.

  • Carles Puyol
    276
    48
    3.00

    Carles Puyol

    Went to sleep for Piatti's goal but composed himself afterwards and help lift his side to come from a goal behind. Typically chased down every ball and gave everything for his side. Perhaps should have been awarded a penalty after being pushed in the box by Ruiz.

  • Éric Abidal
    269
    41
    3.50

    Éric Abidal

    Displayed signs of frustration in the minutes after Valencia's goal but much like the rest of his team, calmed down and got on with his game. Allowed Feghouli too much space to get the cross in for the goal but after that did not give him a sniff.

  • Montoya
    291
    53
    3.00

    Montoya

    Quietly went about his job in the match. Was guilty of allowing Piatti to drift in from the left to grab his goal but gained confidence as the game progressed and even went on a few dangerous penetrating runs down the right.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    476
    52
    4.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Went on a number of pacey runs into the box and was unlucky not to grab a goal. Was denied twice by Diego Alves, once from a neat curled shot from inside the box and once from the right when the Valencia goalkeeper made a good save with his legs. Also hit the bar with a fantastic swivelled volley with his back to goal.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    591
    45
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Majestic performance. Looked immensely sharp whenever in possession and was a threat at all times. Was the catalyst for Barca getting back into the match and helped create the second goal with a fantastic threaded pass through the middle of the Valencia defence for Abidal.

  • Busquets
    355
    57
    3.50

    Busquets

    Controlled things from the middle of the park and was neat and tidy in front of the defence as usual. Kept Jonas at bay and intelligently kept possession at times when Valencia looked to be creeping into the final third

  • Alexis Sánchez
    445
    55
    3.50

    Alexis Sánchez

    Did not get as much joy as he would have liked out of Mathieu at left-back. Got in behind a few times and saw two shots well saved by Alves when he was through on goal. Had more joy when coming inside from the right and got some decent service into the box.

  • Messi
    1510
    201
    5.00

    Messi Top of the Match

    Performance shows why he is the current Ballon d'or holder. Ran at Valencia incessantly and they just could not handle him. Scored a magnificent four goals in the match with two close-range finishes, a pass into an open goal, and a truly masterful lob over Alves. An all round stunning display.

  • Pedro
    274
    81
    3.00

    Pedro

    Certainly looked sharp on his time on the pitch and had Miguel and Ricardo Costa in knots at times in the right-back position. But the vital final pass or cross evaded him in the final third. Replaced by Tello with 20 minutes to go.

Substitutions

  • Xavi
    411
    36
    0.00

    Xavi

    Cameo appearance topped off with a wonderfully taken lobbed goal.

  • Thiago Alcántara
    244
    41
    3.00

    Thiago Alcántara

    Came on as Barcelona were sealing the victory and slotted in nicely.

  • Tello
    340
    33
    3.50

    Tello

    Came on in the second half and looked sharp and was not afraid to show his pace down the left. Should have scored but curled a shot over the bar from inside the box.

  • Diego Alves
    270
    31
    3.50

    Diego Alves

    Extremely unlucky to concede five goals considering he was in incredible form tonight. Made a number of fantastic saves including two close-range strikes each from Sanchez and Fabregas and a truly world-class save from a point-blank Messi header in the second half which he tipped onto the bar.

  • Adil Rami
    33
    58
    2.00

    Adil Rami

    Should have got the ball out of the box with more authority as a bad clearance allowed Messi to score his second goal. Awarded the Barca attackers too much room at times on the edge of the area but did make a couple of excellent interceptions, most notably on Fabregas a yard inside the penalty area.

  • Víctor Ruiz
    38
    70
    2.00

    Víctor Ruiz Flop of the Match

    Was dominant aerially but found himself wandering from his position too often. Communication with Rami was not as good as usual which ultimately lead to Barca's second goal. Eventually was overrun and outclassed by the Barcelona attackers.

  • Jérémy Mathieu
    42
    31
    2.00

    Jérémy Mathieu

    Had to deal with a sharp Alexis Sanchez down the wing and did so relatively well. Kept concentration and did not fall for the tricks of the Chilean, who only managed to find an opening once or twice in the match. Attacking play was hindered due to his defensive duties.

  • Miguel Brito
    24
    32
    2.00

    Miguel Brito

    The right-back had a tough time dealing with the movement of Pedro and Iniesta down the left but his game was short-lived after he suffered an injury in the build-up to Barca's equaliser in the 22nd minute and had to be substituted.

  • Albelda
    18
    37
    2.00

    Albelda

    Had a good first half in which he provided a screen in front of the Valencia defence. However, as the game progressed he allowed opposition players to get in behind him and this allowed Iniesta more freedom to create in dangerous areas. Picked up a booking early on for a cynical challenge on Lionel Messi.

  • Sofiane Feghouli
    37
    39
    3.00

    Sofiane Feghouli

    Grabbed a fantastic assist with a lovely cross from the right wing for Piatti's goal. However, as Barcelona started to dominate he struggled in possession and failed to get any more decent service into the box. Was easily marshalled by Abidal in the second half.

  • Tino Costa
    24
    39
    2.00

    Tino Costa

    Was deployed in the Valencia engine room but he failed to have any kind of affect on the match. Stood off the Barca midfield when they had the ball and did not create any kind of meaningful attacks.

  • Jonas
    27
    36
    2.00

    Jonas

    Struggled terribly to establish any kind of link between midfield and attack. Displayed rare moments of class with sprayed passes to the wings but did not give Soldado enough service from central areas and did not offer Busquets much to worry about when playing in the hole.

  • Roberto Soldado
    29
    54
    2.00

    Roberto Soldado

    A spectator for the majority of the match. Did not offer any danger and allowed the Barca defenders to coast through the second half. It was not all his fault, however, as he had next to no quality service from wide or central areas into the box.

  • Pablo Piatti
    64
    24
    3.00

    Pablo Piatti

    Showed good attacking instincts to sneak in between the Barcelona defenders to grab the opening goal of the match. Faded in and out of the game after that but his performance was not lacking in determination as he often sprinted back to try and win back possession for his side.

Substitutions

  • Ricardo Costa
    17
    43
    2.00

    Ricardo Costa

    Came on for the injured Miguel at right back and looked shaky when playing out of position. Pedro and Tello always looked dangerous when coming inside from the left wing and he allowed them too much space when they did. Just looked out-of-sorts in the full-back position.

  • Jordi Alba
    43
    27
    2.00

    Jordi Alba

    Introduced in the second half and save for a perfectly timed interception when Fabregas was through on goal, did not have a moment of note.

  • Mehmet Topal
    27
    36
    0.00

    Mehmet Topal

    Late substitution.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0