Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Rating the Barca Players in El Clasico

Shawn ECorrespondent IIDecember 12, 2011

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Rating the Barca Players in El Clasico

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    Another El Clasico, another heated game between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    Barca's 3-1 victory saw them overtake Madrid and claim the No. 1 spot in La Liga, albeit Los Blancos do have a game in hand.

    Goals from Alexis Sanchez, Xavi, and Cesc Fabregas saw the Catalans overcome a goalkeeping howler by Victor Valdes, which lead to a Karim Benzema goal after just 22 seconds.

    This El Clasico had a bit of everything. Well, except for a Lionel Messi, I suppose.

    Nonetheless, Barca continued their domination of Real Madrid, edging out there bitter Spanish rivals yet again.

    Now let's take a look at the individual player ratings for Barcelona's starting XI.

GK: Victor Valdes

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    Valdes can clap all he wants, but it was his goalkeeping howler that led to Madrid's only goal in the first minute.

    All in all, it was an awkward day in goal for the Spanish keeper.

    Player rating: 5/10

RB: Dani Alves

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    As usual, Dani Alves did most of his damage going forward.

    His crosses were absolutely superb, one of which lead to Cesc Fabregas' goal in the 66th minute.

    Player rating: 7/10

CB: Gerard Pique

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    The former Manchester United centre-back was not on top form on Saturday.

    "Average" is the probably the best word to use to describe Pique's performance.

    Player rating: 6/10

CB: Carles Puyol

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    Puyol, who replaced Javier Mascherano in defence, struggled at times against a talented Madrid attack.

    He did have his moments, but the Spanish international has surely had better days.

    Player rating: 6/10

LB: Eric Abidal

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    Left-back Eric Abidal didn't have much to do all game.

    In fact, at one point I even forgot that he was on the pitch.

    Player rating: 6/10

CAM: Andres Iniesta

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    Another day at the office for Iniesta, who was very positive in the second half.

    Player rating: 7/10

CDM: Sergio Busquets

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    Busquets is perhaps the most underrated midfielder on FC Barcelona. Yet he seems to perform at a high level in every match and Saturday was no different.

    Player rating: 7/10

CAM: Xavi

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    Xavi was far from his best on Saturday, but the funny thing is that he still managed to mark his 600th appearance for Barca with a goal, albeit a lucky one. That in itself speaks volumes.

    Player rating: 7/10

RW: Alexis Sanchez

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    Sanchez marked his first El Clasico with a superb first-half equalisier.

    The Chilean caused a great deal of havoc for the Real Madrid back four and was arguably the most dangerous player on the pitch.

    Player rating: 8/10

ST: Lionel Messi

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    Despite failing to get on the score-sheet, Messi did very well against Madrid.

    He embarked on a series of scintillating runs, including his assist on Alexis Sanchez's equalisier.

    Player rating: 8/10

LW: Cesc Fabregas

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    The former Arsenal captain turned in another solid performance at the weekend.

    Perhaps it was just Fabregas' day. After all, he did score on a diving header.

    Player rating: 8/10