OK. Couldn't do anything with the goal. Didn't have much to do.
Too raw. Petrov scored on his side. Wasn't very active in offense. Isn't ready, but he is young, and should play with the B team, he might be good for the first team in 1-2 years.
Solid display. Strong in the tackle. Good physique.
Good. Some mixups with Montoya on the goal, it is down to lack of playing time together.
Always giving options in attack, and control in defence. He will be really good once he gels with his team mates.
Controlled the game well from the middle, with nice tackles and ball winning. Solid passing.
Didn't do much. Was static and abit slow. Should have gone on more runs inside the box to create danger.
Great. Always a danger in the offensive role. Good passing, great dribbling. He was on another level than the rest of the players in the first half.
Fair. Tried alot, had some nice dribblings and runs, but didn't create the necessary danger.
Wanted alot, but got bullied by the strong centre halves of City. Weak.
Showed good runs and some better play than Jeffren. But in the end, there was not much end-product.
Dani Alves: 8
Big improvement over Montoya, as would be expected of course. Constantly giving options on the right, great engine in the terrible heat (40C++).
Solid passing. Didn't have anything else to do basically as the ball was on the City half all the time.
Same as Pique
Wasn't the offensive threat as Maxwell, but did his job in an unusual position for him. Shows great promise.
Showed good ballwinning in the middle, and we were not affected by Busquets being taken off.
A great performance. Creative, smart choices, good vision, great ball control. He was on another level in the midfield which totally dominated City. Do we need Cesc?
Dos Santos: 8
A strong performance. Good physique combined with very good ball control, smart passing and a dangerous shot. Unlucky to hit the crossbar from outside the area. Difficult for the City players to get a hold of him. Do we need Cesc?
Showed some good runs, but was a few sizes too small on this level. He still has junior player written all over him, we will have to see in the next couple of years if he is ready to play regularly for us.
Lacked match fitness and haven't played with the team until now. It clearly showed as his movements was sometimes off and the understanding with the team mates wasn't there yet, but the combinations with Messi shows great promise and he managed to get into several good goal scoring positions which is very positive. Didn't convert them though, which he will once he gels and gets up his match fitness.
A danger from the right, the good ol' Messi, fast, dribbling, always a threat.
Thursday, 20 August 2009