25 Jan Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong 8/10 vs. Elche as playmaker’s affect continues to develop
Frenkie de Jong scored one aim and created one other as Barcelona beat Elche 2-0 on Sunday to increase their unbeaten run in La Liga to 9 video games.
De Jong opened the scoring simply earlier than half-time with a tap-in on the road after which brilliantly arrange substitute Riqui Puig to move residence the second within the 89th minute.
Ronald Koeman’s aspect, who had been lacking the suspended Lionel Messi, returned to 3rd within the desk with the win, seven factors behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who’ve two video games in hand.
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Barca’s away kind has been horrible at instances so the very fact they’ve managed a run of seven straight matches away from Camp Nou with only one defeat — in opposition to Athletic Bilbao within the Spanish Supercopa closing, after extra-time — is encouraging. The win at Elche was their fourth in a row on the street in La Liga, and even got here with out Messi.
On a person word, De Jong continues to develop, Samuel Umtiti got here in and did properly and there was a pleasant second for younger midfielder Puig on the finish as he scored his first aim for the membership.
Sergio Busquets was booked for the fifth time this season and will probably be suspended for subsequent week’s residence recreation in opposition to Barca’s Supercopa conquerors, Athletic Bilbao.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
6 — Koeman was lacking so many gamers that the team picked itself. Deserved credit score for sticking Umtiti in. If he might help the Frenchman again to his greatest, will probably be some of the notable issues he is achieved since taking on at Camp Nou.
Participant scores (1-10; 10 = greatest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 7 — The Germany worldwide made an enormous save from Emiliano Rigoni within the second half with the sport nonetheless delicately poised at 1-0.
DF Oscar Mingueza, 5 — Wasteful together with his deliveries within the closing third and was grateful to Ter Stegen for stopping from Rigoni after he misplaced the ball in a harmful place.
DF Ronald Araujo, 7 — Continued his spectacular kind, giving little or no away on the again. Was additionally extra adventurous together with his passing.
DF Samuel Umtiti, 7 — A second begin of the season and a second clear sheet. He is Barca’s greatest defender on the ball, the doubt is whether or not he can keep match and rediscover his pre-World Cup 2018 kind.
DF Jordi Alba, 6 — Up and down the left flank, contributing to the clear sheet in defence and likewise stepping into good positions in assault.
MF Sergio Busquets, 6 — Has discovered some kind since Barca returned to a 4-3-Three formation and was as soon as once more impeccably positioned.
MF Frenkie de Jong, 8 — Maybe Barca’s greatest participant for the reason that flip of the 12 months. Scored his fourth aim of the season in opposition to Elche — they’ve all are available in his final 10 appearances — and his driving run and cross for the Puig aim confirmed what he is able to when getting ahead extra.
MF Pedri, 6 — Neat and tidy on the ball however shot-shy in and across the space when possibilities got here his manner.
FW Ousmane Dembele, 6 — Produced some moments of brilliance, gliding previous two or three Elche gamers at a time, however usually erred together with his closing resolution.
FW Antoine Griezmann, 6 — Not overly concerned within the closing third however labored exhausting. Koeman will need extra from him.
FW Martin Braithwaite, 6 — Produced an excellent cross for the opening aim from his beginning place on the left wing and labored the road properly within the second half.
FW Francisco Trincao, NR –– Solely on for simply over 10 minutes however almost scored twice, drawing two saves from Edgar Badia.
MF Riqui Puig, NR — Introduced on for the ultimate jiffy however discovered time to pop up on the far put up to attain his first-ever aim for the membership.