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 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.
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.
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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