Rating the Barcelona Players in Their Draw Against Benfica

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Rating the Barcelona Players in Their Draw Against Benfica
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Barcelona played host to Benfica Wednesday in a game that was only relevant for one side. La Blaugrana had already secured first place in their group, yet Benfica were fighting to progress to the knockout round.

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova opted for a starting XI consisting mostly of non-starters. Lionel Messi began the game on the bench, but made a late appearance that has many fans worried.

The game ended in a scoreless draw, though Benfica had many chances to capitalize.

Barcelon, as expected, retained the most possession and looked the most dangerous. But Benfica chose to press high up the pitch and give Barcelona trouble during moments of the match.

Now, lets break down my ratings for the Barcelona players against Benfica. There will also be a little bit of information on the Lionel Messi injury at the end.

 

Note that all statistics are courtesy of Whoscored.com.

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