FC Barcelona – La Liga The fallout from another humiliation
The dust is still settling from another humiliating night for Barcelona, with the analytic spotlight shining more harshly on some than others.
Perhaps only Marc-Andre ter Stegen can be given pass marks, although Sergino Dest can be seen as more of a victim than a guilty party.
Dest was one of the worst performers, tormented by a rampant Kylian Mbappe, but it was Ronald Koeman who decided to field the US international, despite being short of match fitness and having struggled with minor injuries recently.
Oscar Mingueza seemed the logical choice at right-back, having impressed there recently despite playing out of position. His fitness would have been important going up against perhaps the world’s fastest player.
On demanding occasions like Tuesday night, with Barcelona unable to impose themselves upon the match, Sergio Busquets‘ lack of physicality is exposed.
When the Blaugrana are unable to dominate, Busquets‘ tactical nous and reading of the game are no longer able to compensate his lack of running.
Much was expected of Ousmane Dembele, but the comparison with his compatriot Mbappe, who is a year younger than him, is not a favourable one.
As much as he might be enjoying his best spell at the club since signing, is Dembele really of the quality that the club need and can rely on to win trophies?
Barcelona‘s most recent marquee signing still hasn’t had a big impact on a big game.
Antoine Griezmann‘s argument with Gerard Pique, where the Frenchman told the defender to calm down, perhaps shows he lacks the mentality to rise to the occasion when the chips are down.
Lionel Messi scored a penalty and set up Dembele for a good chance, but Barcelona need more from their leader and talisman on nights like this one.
Messi can’t singlehandedly solve all of Barcelona‘s woes, but the highest-paid player in the world was outshone by Kylian Mbappe on the night.