Ter Stegen CALM
Jobless. Elche has created danger from set pieces, but without hitting between sticks.
Demanding position as a third center-back who is sometimes a right back. Very helpful.
Good start with the ball from behind and some difficulties in the long balls behind the back.
Determined to look far for anticipations from the area.
Starting from the left-back position, but with freedom to join the attack even from the inside. Key to alternate 4-3-3 with 3-4-3.
Frenkie de Jong AESTHETIC
The least is enjoying a good team game. He threw breakaways for the benefit of his teammates and left eye-catching details.
His knowledge of positional play makes him essential for both recovery and distribution.
After a few darker work matches playing close to the band, Pure Inside has come off. Assistance in the annulled goal to Jutglà, wonderful individual action in his first as a Barça player in 2-0, Vaseline looking for the third … And touch with sense and intense pressure to recover the ball.
Excellent passes in depth for the deflections of Frenkie de Jong and Jutglà. Generous in seeking precise assistance rather than resolution.
He earned with his goal against Boca in Saudi Arabia an opportunity like ‘9’ and took advantage of it. Headed goal at the exit of a corner, a 2-0 drag movement by Gavi, a goal disallowed by millimeters and a chance for his good reading of the unmarking into space.
Less prominence than in Pamplona, but always intimidating with its devilish speed and dribbling. Direct football causing corners and generating superiorities. He finished plays with decision, but little success.