Soccer NewsWednesday 18th October 2017

Barcelona player ratings: Lionel Messi comes to the rescue to help 10-man club to a 3-1 victory over Olympiakos

Barcelona player ratings: Lionel Messi comes to the rescue to help 10-man club to a 3-1 victory over Olympiakos

A Lionel Messi free-kick was the highlight of the evening as 10-man Barcelona beat Olympiakos 3-1 to stay top go Group D after winning both of their previous Champions League games against Juventus and Sporting Lisbon.

Lionel Messi

Ter Stegan – 7

Didn’t have much to do despite his side going down to ten men and will be disappointed to have conceded

Sergi Roberto – 7

Solid display, did no harm to his reputation and is growing in stature with every game he plays

Pique – 2

Getting dismissed is never a clever thing to do, especially in the first half. Was got out of jail by Messi and co. but will now miss the return tie in Turkey.

Umtiti – 8

Did well considering he had to take charge of the defence after he teammate was sent off. Stepped up to the task superbly.

Digne – 8

Didn’t do much wrong, and grabbed a goal to cap off a good night for the full-back

Paulinho – 8

Has proven many doubters wrong since his arrival at the Nou Camp. Sturdy display and not bad going forward either. Kudos.

Busquets – 7

Does what he does best by winning the ball, passing it on and creating chances. Must curve his dramatic play-acting though.

Iniesta – 8

Accomplished performance from a man who, still at the age of 33, terrifies defences with inch-perfect passes.

Deulofeu – 7

Did well and put in a good shift but it is obvious why he is defiantly not in the full-strength tarting eleven.

Messi – 8

Grabbed a superb free-kick to calm the nervous of the home fans and put in another Champions League legendary display.

Luis Suarez – 6

A bit quiet from his usual self tonight, but was still a handful for the opposition defenders

Mascherano – 7

Was called upon to help out at the back during the second half and showed that he has still got it

Rakitic – 6

Played some good balls and linked up play well. Helped steady the ship.

Gomes – 5

Only played for the last ten minutes which maybe is a indication of manager Ernesto Valverde’s intentions for him this season

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