19 Jul Messi and Puig each Eight out 10 as Barcelona finish disappointing season on a excessive word
Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona ended the La Liga season on a excessive word with a thumping 5-Zero win away to Alaves on Sunday.
Ansu Fati, Luis Suarez and Nelson Semedo have been additionally on goal as Barca put the frustration of Thursday’s defeat to Osasuna and lacking out on the title to Actual Madrid behind them.
Barca now flip their consideration to the Champions League. They host Napoli at Camp Nou within the second leg of the spherical of 16 on Aug. 8, following a 1-1 attract Italy in February.
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It was a day for the children, with Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati and, to a lesser extent, Ronald Araujo all staking their declare to be concerned in opposition to Napoli. Puig shimmered in midfield, creating two objectives, whereas Ansu scored his eighth objective of the marketing campaign. With Gerard Pique suspended and Samuel Umtiti injured, Araujo ended the sport as Barca’s solely centre-back when Clement Lenglet went off injured.
Elsewhere, Messi’s brace ought to see him wrap up the Pichichi Trophy — the award for La Liga’s prime scorer — for the seventh time in his profession and the fourth season working. He has 25 objectives, 4 away from Actual Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who has one sport to play.
With Napoli across the nook and Barca’s squad dangerously quick — that they had simply three outfield substitutes in opposition to Alaves — the Catalans will desperately hope Lenglet was solely taken off as a precaution.
Supervisor score out of 10
7 — Quique Setien could not do a lot given the shortage of gamers accessible on account of accidents and suspensions, however he received it proper by beginning Puig and Ansu and this was a extra vigorous Barca efficiency. They hit the woodwork thrice earlier than opening the scoring and will have scored far more than 5.
Participant scores (1-10; 10 = greatest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)GK Neto, 6 — Made simply his second look within the league this season and his first since January. A comparatively simple day’s work.
DF Sergi Roberto, 7 — Began at right-back earlier than ending the sport in midfield. Gained the ball again rather a lot and stored it easy.
DF Ronald Araujo, 7 — One other respectable 90 minutes because the younger Uruguayan continues his adaption to the primary team.
DF Clement Lenglet, 6 — Struggled with a knock within the first half and was ultimately taken off within the 50th minute.
DF Jordi Alba, 7 — Arrange objectives for Suarez and Messi however was sloppy in possession at occasions.
MF Sergio Busquets, 6 — Sat deep within the first half, virtually turning into a part of a again three as he picked the ball up from Neto to start out Barca’s assaults.
MF Arturo Vidal, 7 — Hit the bar with a rasping effort within the first half earlier than enjoying the second half as an emergency centre-back after Lenglet’s harm.
MF Riqui Puig, 8 — Pushing actually laborious for a begin in opposition to Napoli within the Champions League. Hit the bar, arrange two of the objectives and ticked all of the packing containers required for a Barcelona midfielder.
FW Lionel Messi, 8 — Hit the submit earlier than organising the opener for Ansu. Then scored two of his personal to finish the league marketing campaign with 21 assists and 25 objectives.
FW Luis Suarez, 6 — Missed a fantastic likelihood when despatched clear by way of by Puig however made amends later when he headed in Alba’s first-time cross.
FW Ansu Fati, 7 — Alert within the field to open the scoring and harmful on the left when working with the ball. What a season he is had.
DF Nelson Semedo, 7 — Scored his first objective of the season with a well-taken strike from contained in the field simply seven minutes after coming on.
MF Frenkie de Jong, 6 — Continued his return from a calf harm with a strong 30-minute displaying.
FW Martin Braithwaite, N/R — Given the ultimate 15 minutes rather than Ansu.