After Barcelona’s comfortable 2-0 win over Ligue 1 side PSG, to wrap up a 5-1 overall victory on aggregate, we give each PSG player a rating out of 10, as well as a comment about their performance.
Salvatore Sirigu – 5.5
Would be harsh to blame him for either goal, but was perhaps passed a little too easily by Neymar for the opener. Was let down by his defence for both goals. Didn’t have too many saves to make otherwise.
Gregory Van der Wiel – 6
Made one fantastic early challenge on Neymar to break down a promising Barcelona attack, but otherwise struggled against the winger, who scored both of Barcelona’s goals. Is he the long terms solution at right back for PSG?
Marquinhos – 6.5
Had a better game than the first leg, in which he got outclassed by the Barcelona forward line. Improved in the second half, but that may be down to the visible drop in effort from the home side once they had secured the win.
David Luiz – 5.5
Lost Neymar for the first goal, but that was somewhat understandable because of the pace of Barcelona’s attack. However, his mistake for the second goal, in which he left Neymar completely open to head home inside the box, was unforgivable. Improved in the second half but, as above, that counts for considerably less.
Maxwell – 6
Once again probably the best of the PSG back line. He got forward a reasonable amount down the left hand side, and generally managed to deal with the threat down Barcelona’s right hand side. However, Dani Alves beat him a little too easily for Barcelona’s second goal.
Yohan Cabaye – 5
Was put into midfield by Laurent Blanc to try and control the pace of the game, but it never transpired, as the home side dominated the centre of the park. He was generally limited to the odd long-range shot.
Blaise Matuidi – 6
PSG’s best player in the first leg, but not quite as effective in the second leg. Nevertheless, he put himself about, making some good challenges in midfield and carrying the ball well on occasion.
Marco Verratti – 7
Showed some heart in the centre of midfield for PSG. Found Barcelona’s midfield a lot harder to deal with than Chelsea’s, but put in a lot of tackles (not all legal!) and was efficient on the ball. Probably the standout PSG player.
Javier Pastore – 4
Pastore tried all game to get involved, and was never afraid to ask for the ball, but it did not go for him today… He lost the ball countless times, especially in the first half, and never really managed to recover. A shame, since he’s never afraid to put himself about.
Edinson Cavani – 4.5
Did not manage to get into the game, largely because of a lack of service from his midfielders, who were starved of the ball for the majority of the game. Missed a good chance late in the second half.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 5
Like Cavani, was not able to get into the game. He was painfully starved of possession, and as a result was often rash when he did get the ball. Had one powerful shot at goal saved by Ter Stegen in the second half.