Barcelona 1-0 Real Valladolid: Player ratings from narrow win over minnows

Pique was good in defence, Messi scored the winner from the spot in attack

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Ter Stegen 6 - Valladolid didn’t really rest the German stopper.

Sergi Roberto 6 - Worked very hard, running without stopping. Cut short a Valladolid attack after a Vermaelen error.

Gerard Pique 7 - His good positioning kept Valladolid at bay and he won a penalty for the opening goal.

Thomas Vermaelen 5 - Not getting regular football is hurting him and he looked slow.

Jordi Alba 6 - Always brings welcome energy on the left. Didn’t have comfortable passing lines like on other occasions.

Sergio Busquets 5 - Didn’t have an easy night moving the ball around. Sergio Gonzalez knew how to stop him.

Carles Alena 5 - Asked for the ball, offered and received it, lacked finesse in the pass though, could not offer attacking solutions.

Arturo Vidal 5 - Cannot help Barca’s attacking passing play but at least he’s capable of fighting in midfield, did well towards the end.

Leo Messi 6 - Scored a penalty, saw another saved by Masip, who was a nightmare for the Argentine.

Kevin Prince Boateng 6 - In his league debut he worked hard but missed a good chance. Generous player with his back to goal.

Ousmane Dembele 6 - Showed he’s recovered from his injury, good change of pace. Taken off to rest and prepare for the UCL.

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Luis Suarez 4

Philippe Coutinho 5

Ivan Rakitic 6

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