La Liga

La Liga Top Five, Round Eight: Messi and Barca dominate after Sevilla thrashing

Vidal and Arthur join the Argentine star

 
10:00am on Monday 7th October 2019
By
Paul Macdonald

Normal service has been resumed in La Liga, of sorts.

Barcelona produced their best display of the season to crush Sevilla 4-0 at Camp Nou, and three of their players feature here. Real Madrid had to work a little harder to overcome Granada 4-2, while Atletico's problems in front of goal continued as they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Valladolid.

LALOct 6, 2019W
Arturo Vidal M, AM (C)
  • 70'
  • 8.7

    Vidal may be getting on in years but he proved he will still be important to Barcelona this year with an excellent display against Sevilla. He struggles to complete the full 90 minutes now, lasting 70 here, but he made it count, not only getting on the scoresheet but creating opportunities for team-mates. He didn't shirk his defensive duties either, winning four tackles, five recoveries and completing 41 of his 45 passes.

    LALOct 6, 2019W
    Okay Yokuşlu DM, M (C)
  • 90'
    8.4

    Yokuslu's exemplary display in the middle of the park was the key factor in Celta's vital 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao. He protected his defence superbly, winning 5/5 tackles as well as making 11 recoveries, two interceptions and four clearances. Celta haven't had the best of starts to the season but Yokuslu's reintroduction into the side could be the catalyst for an upturn in fortunes.

    LALOct 6, 2019W
    Lionel Messi W (R), F (C)
  • 90'
  • 8.2

    It's been a slow start to the season for the great man, mainly due to injury, but in the closing spells of the Inter game on Wednesday he showed glimpses, and here he seemed back up to full speed. He completed an incredible 10 dribbles - easily double anyone else in the country this weekend - and rounded off proceedings with a trademark free-kick. He's back - the rest need to watch out.

    LALOct 6, 2019W
    Arthur M, DM (C)
  • 65'
  • 8.1
    There were plenty of changes heading into the 2013-14 campaign.

    Arthur is slowly becoming an integral part of this new-look Barcelona midfield, and he showcased the broad range of his skills in the victory over Sevilla. He provided excellent assists for both Vidal and Ousmane Dembele, as well as creating two other big chances that his team-mates failed to convert. His passing, range and vision are getting better with each passing week,

    Salva was Mallorca's standout performer in the home win against an Espanyol team struggling for form. As well as bursting into the area in the second half to lash home the clinching goal, he provided a proper screening service for his defence, winning 3/4 tackles, seven recoveries and 52 completed passes (91%).

    HONOURABLE MENTIONS

    Barca may have won easily but at 0-0 Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (7.9) made a wonder save at his near post to preserve his clean sheet.

    ROUND TO FORGET

    The defences of both Sevilla and Granada proved far too generous and their displays won't live long in the memory.

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