Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona: Live Player Ratings for Barca

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 26:  Alexis Sanchez (C) of FC Barcelona celebrates with team-mates Lionel Messi (L) and Neymar after scoring their team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou stadium on October 26, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Barcelona extended their unbeaten start to La Liga to 11 games with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Tuesday night.

Alexis Sanchez scored the only goal of an entertaining first half which the home side will have been disappointed to have lost.

A Yoel own goal and a Cesc Fabregas strike completely changed the complex of the game in the early stages of the second period though.

Here are the Barcelona player ratings.

Barcelona player ratings vs. Celta Vigo
Victor Valdes77
Dani Alves67
Carles Puyol77
Marc Bartra78
Sergio Busquets66
Alex Song66
Cesc Fabregas68
Alexis Sanchez77
Lionel Messi68
Pedro Rodriguez66
Martin Montoyan/a7
Andres Iniestan/a5
Cristian Tellon/a5

First-half analysis 

Victor Valdes: Forced into a couple of saves—one from Charles and one from Rafinha—doing enough on both occasions.

Dani Alves: Forced to defend more than he'd like and unable to get forward to have much of an influence.

Carles Puyol: Defended well, blocking several Celta attacks, and was perhaps more overworked than he'd have anticipated.

Marc Bartra: Will benefit from playing alongside Puyol, and has so far looked assured as the back.

Adriano: Injured again. Another disappointing moment in the Barcelona career of Adriano.

Sergio Busquets: Perhaps missing Xavi and Andres Iniesta, Busquets hasn't been as good as normal, but has been the most steadying influence in a much changed Barca midfield. 

Alex Song: In possession Song looked OK, but Celta's midfield have broken free on far too many occasions.

Cesc Fabregas: Has got forward well, getting in a couple of shots, but has not yet had any telling moments of real quality.

Alexis Sanchez: Mr. Reliable at the moment. Opened the scoring by being in the right place at the right time on his 100th Barcelona appearance.

Lionel Messi: Still not his blistering self, but grew as the half went on. Could have a bigger role to play in the second half.

Pedro Rodriguez: Showed good pace and directness, but lacked an end product.

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Second-half analysis

Victor Valdes: Made a smart save from Charles and never really looked like he was going to concede.

Dani Alves: Much improved after the break, Dani Alves was good at both ends of the pitch—with Adriano departing injured, Martino will need his right-back to stay fit now.

Carles Puyol: Second start, second clean sheet. OK, it's only been Osasuna and Celta Vigo, but Puyol's return, despite his age, is only proving a good thing for Barcelona. 

Marc Bartra: Barca's main distributor of the ball on the night—completing 97 percent of his 65 passes according to whoscored.com—and a solid defensive performance to boot. All in all, another decent night in his development.

Martin Montoya (Replaced Adriano): A good performance from the full-back, who managed to get 60 minutes under his belt at left-back.

Sergio Busquets: Surprisingly not at his best, Busquets was tidy in possession but allowed, particularly in the first half, Celta's midfielders too much space to run into.

Alex Song: See Busquets. Not a bad performance from Song, but nothing to suggest he's going to ever establish himself in this Barca side.

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Cesc Fabregas: Great strike off the bar which led to the second goal, then a good finish minutes later to kill the game. Lifted Barca after the break when it looked like they might get dragged into a battle.

Alexis Sanchez: A quiet second half from the Chilean, who was eventually replaced by Cristian Tello. Another goal is cause to smile though—it's his 14th in his last 19 league games.

Lionel Messi: Created the third and was a menace running at Celta throughout the second period, although a tad selfish at times as he looked to score—not vintage Messi, but an encouraging performance.

Pedro Rodriguez: Clipped the bar in the second half, but didn't do as much as he could have done throughout the 90 minutes. An end product was lacking on occasions.



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