PSG 2-2 Barcelona: Rating Both Sets of Players

Tre' AtkinsonFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

PSG 2-2 Barcelona: Rating Both Sets of Players

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    Entering the Champions League clash in Paris, most were predicting Barcelona to walk away with a strong league for the next leg. However, after a late equalizer from the French side, the world saw the game end in thrilling fashion at 2-2.

    This match was full of stars to say the least. Several players showed up in a very big way and deserve all the praise in the world for their efforts.

    In this article we will look at the player ratings for both clubs after an exciting Champions League draw in Paris.

     

    All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com

The Defenders of PSG

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    Sirigu: 6/10

    The PSG keeper made a big mistake in drawing a penalty when he took down Alexis sanchez. He made three strong saves, but fans will be ruing the penalty call.

    Maxwell: 7/10

    The former Barcelona man put in a very valiant effort against his former club. His defending was very strong and he had more touches than almost any other player for his side. Maxwell even had a solid shot on goal and played a big part in PSG’s attack.

    Thiago Silva: 9/10

    Brazil’s captain was absolutely phenomenal against Barcelona. The defender stomped out several chances from Lionel Messi and made four key tackles. You could not ask for anything else.

    Alex: 6.5/10

    Alex used his size and strength to make things very difficult for Barcelona. He won every single aerial battle he committed to and even contributed in the buildup play for his side.

    Jallet: 7/10

    Jallet was very efficient against La Blaugrana. He made six key tackles and constantly made attacking very difficult for Alexis Sanchez and Andres Iniesta. 

The Barcelona Defenders

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    Victor Valdes: 7/10

    Until the dying minutes of the match, Valdes was arguably the best player on the pitch for Barcelona. He made several impressive saves to keep La Blaugrana on top. Though he was not completely at fault for the late minute goal, fans will hope that he could have done better.

    Dani Alves: 8/10

    The Brazilian right-back was arguably Barcelona’s most important player on the night. He made five key tackles and broke through PSG’s defense with almost every dribble. But it was his beautiful assist to Lionel Messi that was the real highlight of the night.

    Gerard Pique: 5.5/10

    Pique put in a very disappointing match in Paris, and that is putting it lightly. He committed more fouls than tackles and his mistakes led to three chances for PSG that really could have cost Barcelona.

    Javier Mascherano: 6/10

    Surprisingly, the Argentine defender played better than Pique on the night. Mascherano made three key stops and cleaned up a few mistakes. But he did make several mistakes of his own and was slow when committing to defend.

    Jordi Alba: 6.5/10

    This was not Jordi Alba’s night. The Spanish left-back did not make a single key tackle in the match and did not contribute much to the Blaugrana attack. But his speed proved to be very valuable for Barcelona.

The Midfielders of PSG

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    Javier Pastore: 7/10

    Pastore proved very important in the PSG attack by building up play from the back. But his defending was hot and cold all night. He made a few stops in the match but was outclassed by Dani Alves on the wing.

    David Beckham: 6.5/10

    The only English player left in the Champions League had a big task ahead of him. Beckham did not really do much in this match. But what he did, he did well. Beckham was very proficient in passing the ball and rarely lost possession.

    Matuidi: 7/10

    Until the final moments of the match, Matuidi was struggling to involve himself in the match. But his late strike to equalize made him the hero for the French club.

    Lucas Moura: 8/10

    Moura was a constant threat for PSG on the night. Jordi Alba was not able to defend the young star and Moura took advantage. The attacker was able to get passed the defense with ease and played the role of creator perfectly.

The Barcelona Midfielders

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    Xavi: 7.5/10

    Barcelona’s captain was integral in holding possession on the night. He made countless important passes and even helped on the defensive end of the pitch. But his late penalty goal to put Barcelona back on top topped off the night for Xavi.

    Sergio Busquets: 7/10

    Busquets is always counted on for cover for the Barcelona defense and read opposing attacks. Though the Catalan midfielder made some key stops in this match, he severely underperformed by his standards.

    Andres Iniesta: 7.5/10

    The Spanish midfielder opted to be more of a scoring threat than usual, but his play seemed to suffer from it. His passing and link up play was phenomenal, but PSG did a good job of keeping Iniesta away from the box. 

The Forwards of PSG

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    Ezequiel Lavezzi: 8/10

    The Argentine attacker began the game in exciting fashion. His ability to get behind the defense nearly cost Barcelona, and Lavezzi never let up the pressure.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic: 9/10

    PSG’s star player was just that against Barcelona. He forced the defense to focus on his attacking presence and had countless chances to test Victor Valdes. In the end he scored a wonderful goal to draw level, although the strike was offside and missed by the referee.

The Barcelona Forwards

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    David Villa: 6.5/10

    The Spanish striker was very quiet against PSG. He was not able to get involved in the attack and was sometimes lost on the right-wing. He only touched the ball 22 times and was far from sharp with his passing.

    Alexis Sanchez: 7/10

    The Chilean international worked very hard in Paris, but did very little in attack. His ability to track back was very key for the Barcelona defense. However, Alexis had two solid chances to score on the night and wasted both.

    Lionel Messi 7.5/10

    For his standards, Lionel Messi was fairly quiet on the night. His goal to open up the scoring was beautiful, but the Argentine was forced out of possession on several occasions. He left the game at halftime and is in trouble of missing time due to a muscle injury.

The Substitutes of PSG

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    Menez: 6/10

    The striker replaced Lavezzi in the second half but contributed very little to attack. His presence did not chance much, but his fresh legs did.

    Veratti: 6.5/10

    The young midfielder replaced Beckham and instantly impacted the game with his defense in the middle of the pitch.

    Gameiro: 5.5/10

    Though he had a terrific chance of putting PSG ahead late in the second half, Gameiro lost possession of the ball.

The Barcelona Substitutes

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    Cesc Fabregas: 7/10

    Fabregas replaced Messi after halftime and played the role quite well. But it was obvious that he was no match for the impact that Messi has on the pitch.

    Marc Bartra: 6/10

    After taking over for Javier Mascherano, Bartra’s size was a definite upgrade. But he did not have time to make much of an impact.

    Cristian Tello: 6.5/10

    Tello should have been brought on much earlier in this match. His speed made things very difficult for the defense of PSG. But against, Tello had little time to do anything of real significance.

     

    How would you rate the players in this Champions League draw? Who would you rate as your man of the match? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and comments below.

     

    Tre’ Atkinson. Follow me on Twitter for more discussions on Barcelona and the Champions League.