UEFA Champions League 2016/17: Juventus 3-0 Barcelona, Player ratings
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen: 5/10
Wasn’t really at fault for the goals. But he didn’t look comfortable saving many of the shots coming his way and on occasions was lucky not to be punished for parrying back into dangerous areas.
Gerard Pique: 5/10
Looked a shadow of his former self and amazingly failed to make a single tackle at all during the match. Not good enough from arguably one of the worlds best centre backs. His only saving grace was he seemed a lot calmer in possession than his teammates in defence.
Samuel Umtiti: 5/10
Moved over to the left of the defence for Matheu and was an improvement. But was caught in possession a few times. He did end up making a few important clearances to keep the score down.
Jeremy Mathieu: 4/10
He was rightly targeted by Juventus as the weak link in Barca’s chain and invited Cuadrado into the box to pick Dybala out for the opening goal. Hooked at half-time and rightly so. Doesn’t show for the ball and frightened to move it forward. Not helped by the constant changing of formation from 3 at the back to 4 but better is expected from him.
Javier Mascherano: 4/10
Terrible night for the former Liverpool man, he was caught ball watching and Dybala used the space gifted to him to double his sides lead. As well as that he was too busy trying to pull Chiellini’s jersey of his back to beat him to Pjanic’s corner at 3-0. Highlights how Busquets is a massive miss to this side.
Sergi Roberto: 5/10
Didn’t seem to know where he was playing at times. Midfield, defence, back to midfield, and in defence again. But when he was tasked with coming up against Mandzukic he couldn’t cope with his physicality and needed help.
Andres Iniesta: 5/10
Had a golden opportunity to get Barcelona back on level terms and change the course of the tie and spurned it. No longer the dominating and creative presence in the centre of the park and perhaps time is catching up to him.
Ivan Rakitic: 5/10
Went missing for large spells of the game. Appeared to have swapped with Messi and went further to the right but all it did was give Sandro an easier night. Passing was lacklustre and in general didn’t live up to a standard many expect of him.
Lionel Messi: 7/10
Didn’t take men on as often as you would like to see from Leo, but when he moved more central he picked some beautiful passes, none more so than his through ball behind Dani Alves to set up Iniesta. Also, set up Luis Suarez in the second half but was let down by his teammates finishing.
Luis Suarez: 6/10
It was more of a physical battle than he has probably been used to recently, his movement was good but in the end, it was his finishing that let him down on the night.
Neymar needed to make amends for his red card vs Malaga and unfortunately for him, and his side, he didn’t make it up to them. Ex-teammate Dani Alves was only really beaten once by the former Santos man. He also left Mathieu exposed against Cuadrado and Alves on numerous occasions in the first half.
Andre Gomes: 5/10
Replaced Mathieu at halftime and didn’t do much wrong because he didn’t do much in general.