Barca 3-3 Inter Milan: Barcelona’s qualification hopes in the Champions League remain alive by the skin of their teeth.
In front of more than 96,000 spectators at the Camp Nou, Xavi fielded arguably his strongest starting lineup today as Barcelona hosted Inter Milan. For the game, which might or might not determine the outcome of their season, Barcelona named arguably their best starting lineup.
Raphinha moved to the left while Ousmane Dembele returned to the right side and appeared to be much more active. This strategy appeared to work in that the former set up the second’s goal in the first half.
Despite this, Barcelona missed an opportunity to score at least one more goal before the first half ended.
7.5 for Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Several outstanding stops were made, including a miraculous 1v1 stop in the 95th minute, to keep Barcelona in the game. I was powerless to stop any of Inter’s goals.
Roberto Sergio: 7
Was occasionally caught off guard defensively, but dominated in possession. Additionally, Busquets and Pedri had space thanks to his diagonal run into the middle. got the goal’s assist with a straightforward yet perfect pass.
8 Eric Garcia
Garcia, who has been leading the defense like a pro, put in yet another superb performance. But it was a mistake to lose Lautaro Martinez for the second goal. However, I provided Lewandowski with an absolutely perfect assist for his second.
3 for Gerard Pique
Pique, who is unstoppable in the air, did well to contain Martinez in the first half but had a terrible second 45. had a major mental slip-up that gave Nicolo Barella the opportunity to score. nearly committed an own goal before being intimidated by Denzel Dumfries as Inter came close to scoring a third.
(4) Marcos Alonso
Alonso was maybe the only player that constantly underwhelmed during the contest; he was a little too slow for Inter’s attempts. He missed multiple opportunities to track Denzel Dumfries and could not be saved.
Pedri Gonzalez: 7.5
Despite missing a fantastic opportunity to extend Barça’s advantage, his forward runs gave Raphinha and Lewandowski a ton of space to work with. made a few miraculous runs to get into the final third, but ultimately failed.
6 for Sergio Busquets
The skipper had a first-half performance that was nothing short of legendary since he was impossible to mark. However, the second half was forgettable since none of his passes found their intended recipients. The ball was carelessly misplaced, which resulted in the second goal.
With his agility, Gavi covered both Dembele’s and Alonso’s offensive and defensive tracks. often triumphed over Nicolo Barella. A good all-around effort by the child.
You can see that Raphinha brings a wholly unique set of ideas, but he has also been failing to put them into practice. Despite this, he generated four shots, tested Onana a few times, and, thanks to his relentless work ethic, practically manufactured the goal.
8.5 Robert Lewandowski
was immediately identified as a man-mark by Milan Skriniar, and he was forced to use deep and wide pockets to make room for himself. got a well-deserved goal to put the Catalans back in the game before tying the score again with a magnificent header in stoppage time.
7.5 for Ousmane Dembele
Dembele, like Raphinha, struggled to complete the majority of his moves. Several attempts were made to test Onana before the first goal, which served as the opener, was finally scored.