Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona: Live Player Ratings for Barca

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23:  Cesc Fabregas (C) of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates Marc Bartra (L) and Neymar after scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Granda CF at Camp Nou on November 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Athletic Bilbao host Barcelona in the big La Liga fixture of Sunday evening, and we'll be updating the live player ratings for the league leaders right here.

It's 0-0 at half-time with few real chances at either end.

Barcelona Ratings

First half quick analysis

Pinto: Not too much to do beyond take a few crosses down low.

Montoya: Muniain really giving him a tough time. One good raid forward should have resulted in a better chance.

Mascherano: Caught out of position a few times on the counter, but has also stopped some rapid attacks.

Pique: The less-busy of the two centre-backs, but hasn't been able to support midfield much on the ball.

Adriano: A little wasteful in possession and hasn't provided width high up the field.

Busquets: Excellent both on and off the ball.

Xavi: Quiet but effective in possession. Not involved in final third much.

Iniesta: The liveliest attacking midfielder and looks most likely to open Bilbao up.

Alexis: Some good off the ball running but no chances to speak of.

Cesc: Not hugely involved, struggling to contribute significantly.

Neymar: Had the best chance of the game saved. Trouble staying on his feet!

Second half quick analysis

Pinto: Made a few saves from Toquero's headers, but didn't deal well with backpasses from his defence.

Montoya: Not enough from him at either end of the pitch. Had two good chances to score.

Mascherano: Defended well on the ground, but passing out of defence or back to Pinto put team under pressure at times.

Pique: Could not deal with Toquero in the air. Dragged out of position several times.

Adriano: Poor performance in general, compounded by late yellow card.

Busquets: Poor second half. Did not dictate play, booked for arguing and could have seen red.

Xavi: Quiet second half and subbed near the end.

Iniesta: Faded after the break. Very little impressive link-up play between midfield and forwards.

Alexis: Poor delivery, never in dangerous positions in the box.

Cesc: Had to keep dropping deep to get the ball. No real impact.

Neymar: No real end product to speak of. At least he changed his boots.


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