Copa del Rey 2017/18, Celta Vigo 1-1 Barcelona: Player Ratings
Although the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were not present, we were treated to a highly entertaining game at the Balaidos.
As two of the biggest teams left in the tournament, it’s likely that one of Barcelona or Celta Vigo would be facing Real Madrid in the later rounds.
So, it was imperative that both got off to a great start. The first leg of this Round 16 tie between Barcelona and Celta Vigo finished 1-1.
Goals from José Arnaiz and Pione Sisto meant affairs would be level going into the 2nd leg next Thursday. Both teams gave it their all, treating us to a total of 29 shots on goal.
Here’s how the players fared:
Sergio Alvarez: 7/10
Barcelona didn’t test the 31-year-old as much as he would have initially anticipated. However, when called upon in the second half, the Spaniard was more than adequate in his reply.
Hugo Mallo: 6/10
It was down Hugo Mallo’s flank that Andre Gomes was allowed to freely run down and assist Barcelona’s first goal. Perhaps his willingness to get forward cost him there, gifting Barcelona a vital away goal.
Sergi Gomez: 5/10
Every time José Arnaiz made a run, Sergi Gomez looked like a dear in the headlights. The centre-back simply couldn’t live with Barcelona’s attack and often found himself one step behind.
Andreu Fontas: 5/10
Muck like his CB partner, Fontas struggled to deal with Barcelona’s counter-attacks. Such was the attacking intent of his team, the CB was often left high up the pitch with no midfield protection.
The full-back decided he would stay back to thwart the exploits of Nelson Semedo & Aleix Vidal rather than aid Pione Sisto. Despite his cautious nature, Barcelona were still able to counter-attack with relative ease.
Daniel Waas: 8/10
The central midfielder made several wondrous passes over the top for Maxi Gomez. The 28-year-old was central to the majority of Vigo’s surges forward. He was disappointed to be taken off in the 68th minute and rightly so, he was Celta’s main source of creativity.
Stanislav Lobotka: 6/10
As the holding midfielder of Celta Vigo’s midfield, Stanislav Lobotka was expecting a tumultuous night, instead, he wasn't overrun and many a time, he even had the opportunity to go forward himself.
Jozabed Sanchez: 6/10
The box-to-box midfielder of the team played his part in both attack and defence. He simultaneously pressed Sergio Busquets and initiated counter attacks going the other way.
Iago Aspas: 7/10
It’s a wonder as to how Iago Aspas didn’t make it at Liverpool. On occasions tonight, the 30-year-old simply treated the Barcelona defenders like training cones. He was weaving his way in and out them with ease, especially making a fool out of Gerard Pique severally. Although the ball kept sticking to his feet, Aspas wasn’t able to score against the Catalonians.
Pione Sisto: 8/10
The left winger looked to take on Nelson Semedo at every opportunity. Such is the quality and pace of the Dane that the decibels of the Balaidos crowd grew every time he received the ball. This anticipation was rewarded in the 31st minute when Sisto smashed one into the top corner after initially causing havoc down the flank through a mazy run.
Maxi Gomez: 6/10
The ever-running striker’s movement was a handful for the Barcelona defence. Although he didn’t display an ounce of quality in the final third, his work rate made a telling difference.
Emre Mor: 7/10
The exciting youngster came on and instantly made an impact. In fact, he had two clear-cut attempts on goal and showcased some wizardry link-up play.
Brais Mendez: 6/10
The midfielder was brought on to sustain energy levels in the middle and he did just that, regularly pressing Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakiti?.
Facundo Roncaglia: N/A
With Barcelona piling on more pressure in the dying minutes, the 30-year-old was brought on to help sure up the defence.