Barcelona drew 0-0 against Benfica, and the second game of the Xavi era did not bring the desired results for the Catalan side. The result also means their chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League depend on their results on the final day against German giants Bayern Munich.
Barcelona are in 2nd place with 7 points after 5 matches, while Benfica is 3rd with 5 points. The Portuguese side will advance if they win the last match and Barcelona draw or lose against Bayern Munich.
FC Barcelona player ratings
Marc-André ter Stegen- (6.5 / 10) – The German keeper didn’t get a lot of calls but made a brilliant save to deny Yaremchuk’s header. However, his ability to distribute the ball was left open a lot because he sent the ball far too often.
Clément Lenglet- (6/10) – He is the weakest of the Blaugrana centre-backs and has proved slow against the likes of Everton and Rafa Silva.
Gerard Piqué- (7/10) – Pique struggled to deal with Yaremchuk’s presence and was shown a yellow card early in the second half for tugging at a player’s shirt.
Jordi Alba (6.5 / 10) – Made some impressive runs on the left wing, and had a great chance to score but he couldn’t find the net.
Ronald Araújo- (7.5 / 10) – Araujo is again the best of the defenders for Barcelona, as he barely looks out of position and handles any danger that comes his way. He scored late in the game, but it was ruled out for offside.
Sergio Busquets- (7.5 / 10) – Barcelona’s central midfielder did a great job picking out precise passes throughout the game. He also defends the defense whenever required.
Frenkie de Jong- (6.5 / 10) – After an impressive start, the Dutch midfielder seemed to lackluster as the game wore on.
Nicolas Gonzalez- (7/10) – Showcased his presence in midfield, as he acted as the main ball carrier from Barcelona’s half.
Memphis Depay (6.5 / 10) – – The Dutch striker is caught offside too often. He can’t cope with the physical presence of Benfica defenders and barely poses any threat on goal.
Gavi- (October 7) – A tenacious performance by the teenage midfielder who craves the ball every time the other side holds the ball.
Yusuf Demir- (7/10) – He was the brightest point in Barcelona’s attack, showing slick dribbles on the right flank, twice touching the post in the first half.
Dembele- (7/10) – Speed up Barcelona’s attacking play after coming on in injury time. he ran to the Benfica defender but was unable to create the goal needed.
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Benfica player ratings
Odisseas Vlachodimos- (7.5 / 10) – The saver had a good showdown, commanding his goal well. He made three impressive saves.
Nicolás Otamendi- (7.5 / 10) – The Argentinian midfielder had an excellent game, as he barely allowed Depay any space in the box. He was very strong in his tackles, winning 3 of them.
Jan Vertonghen- (October 7) – Vertonghen has returned to the years with his solid performance. He executes the ball from the back with purpose in great collaborations with Otamendi.
André Almeida- (7/10) – Right-back is difficult to deal with Jordi Alba but plays well in attack.
João Mário- (6.5 / 10) – The veteran Portugal midfielder made a great deflection, controlling and pulling the line from midfield. However, he made the reservation himself and was replaced a few minutes later.
Julian Weigl- (6.5 / 10) – Weigl didn’t look his usual in midfield, he lost control on a number of occasions. However, he is very good at defensive transitions.
Alejandro Grimaldo- (6.5 / 10) – The left-back has good attacking ability, but struggles to deal with Demir’s slickness and slickness. He was also shown a yellow card for a foul on a young player in the first half.
Gilberto- (7/10) – Gilberto made a dribble from a difficult pitch, slipped down the right flank and then heroically defended in the second half against Jordi Alba.
Roman Yaremchuk- (6.5 / 10) – The stalwart striker performed his role perfectly, keeping the ball well for his team and also earning free kicks. He had a great chance to score from a header but it went straight towards the keeper.
Everton- (7/10) – Everton played brilliantly in the first half when they exploited the weakness of Lenglet on the right wing.
Rafa (6.5 / 10) – – Rafa Silva played well in attack, swapping positions for Everton on the flanks.
Nunez- (6.5 / 10) – Showcased his pace and willingness to run for Barcelona’s defenders after coming on in stoppage time.
Pizzi- (6/10) – Good possession of the ball and created some good chances for Benfica late in the game.
Lazaro- (October 7) – He was very close to his elder on the left wing, and didn’t allow Dembele much space to dig deep on the left after coming on.
Seferovic (5/10) – – A horrifying display for the Swiss striker, who missed a huge opportunity to score the winning goal in the final minute of the game.
Adel Taarabt- (6.5 / 10) – Late yellow card for elbowing Sergio Busquets.
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