Barcelona player ratings vs Leicester: Munir stakes his claim

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique

Munir stakes 'fourth choice striker' claim with two expertly taken goals against Leicester City in Stockholm.

Barcelona manager Luis EnriqueBarcelona manager Luis Enrique

Barcelona survied a second-half scare to see off Leicester City 4-2 in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday night, as Munir staked his claim to be Luis Enrique's fourth-choice striker.

Jordi Masip – (substituted after 77 minutes)

Not at fault for either of Ahmed Musa’s clinically dispatched second-half goals, Barca’s third-choice 'keeper had no other saves to make during his time on the Stockholm turf.

However, Masip was composed in possession and comfortable playing his way out despite being considerably harried by Leicester’s high press. 6

Aleix Vidal – (substituted after 45 minutes)

A mixed performance from the former Sevilla man. Caught out as Demarai Gray raced in behind early on only to shoot wastefully over, Leicester frequently took advantage of Vidal’s inexperience at right-back.

However, he did combine well with Denis Suarez and showed his attacking capabilities late in the half. 6

Marlon Santos – (substituted after 45 minutes)

Nothing to report. A quiet first-half for the 21-year-old on loan from Fluminense as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were rendered anonymous by Barca’s relentless passing carousel. 5

Jeremy Mathieu – (substituted after 77 minutes)

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Samuel Umtiti can’t start soon enough. Although a strong, capable centre-back, Mathieu was cruelly exposed by Musa’s electric pace after half-time, the Nigerian racing away from the Frenchman on the half-way line. Mathieu never recovered. 5

Juan Camara

Very poor. Camara failed to build on his impressive performance against Celtic at the weekend. His deliveries were wasteful going forward while, on the defensive front, the youngster was ran ragged by Jeffrey Schlupp’s clever movement in the second half and was frequently caught square on or out of position entirely.

He also lost possession naively to the Ghanian immediately before Musa’s second. Must improve or he has no chance of challenging Jordi Alba or Lucas Digne next season. 3

Sergi Roberto

Ok. Just Ok. The only player to feature for the whole 90, Roberto had limited effect as the deepest of Barca’s midfielders in the first half and again demonstrated his versatility by reverting to right-back in the second.

However, Musa charged past Roberto with ease on his way to Leicester’s first just after half-time. 5

Denis Suarez – (substituted after 77 minutes)

Neat and tidy for the returning La Masia graduate. The second Suarez impressed in the first-half, linking up the play and combining well with Vidal in particular, before fading in the second.

An exquisite first-time chip to release namesake Luis on 75 minutes was the highlight of a promising display. 7

Arda Turan – (substituted after 77 minutes)

Quiet. Disturbingly so. It’s fair to say the former Atletico schemer is yet to find his feet in a Barca shirt and this display will do Arda no good in the short term.

Clearly lacking in confidence, the Turkey winger gave possession away cheaply and made no impact in an attacking sense. 4

Lionel Messi – (substituted after 62 minutes)

The beast is evolving. If we needed further proof of Messi’s transformation from a prolific goalscorer into a Juan Riquelme-esque playmaker, this was it.

Two sublime assists created Barca’s first two goals as the Argentine ran the show from a central role, spraying expert passes in all directions with perfect precision. 8

Luis Suarez – (substituted after 77 minutes)

A typically tenacious display by the Uruguayan with a prerequisite dash of sublime quality. One trademark goal, forcing his way past two challenges before poking instinctively into the top corner, supplemented some excellent individual play, including a sensational chip pass for Munir’s second. 8

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Munir El-Haddadi – (substituted after 77 minutes)

If Munir can transfer this form into La Liga, then Luis Enrique need no longer search across the continent for a back-up to the MSN. Two clinically taken finishes; the first cooly tucked into the bottom corner, the second flicked home on the volley after a sublime first touch.

There is room for improvement however. Munir’s decision making, whether fizzing wastefully over in the first half or squaring unnecessarily in the second, requires further honing. 8


Javier Mascherano – (Came on after 45 minutes)

More than matched Musa in a foot race, which is more than can be said for Mathieu and Roberto. Good in possession, composed in the challenge. 6

Sergio Busquets – (Came on after 45 minutes)

Struggled at times against Leicester’s high press and was almost left exposed on occasion. 5

Carles Alena – (Came on after 62 minutes)

Showed quick feet and clever vision on occasion but was otherwise quiet. 5

Sergi Samper – (Came on after 62 minutes)

No real impact at either end. 4

Rafael Mujica – (Came on after 77 minutes)

Brilliant finish from the 17-year-old. Got the ball out of his feet and smashed it left-footed into the top corner. Another intriguing Barcelona youngster.

Jose Antonio Martinez Gil – (Came on after 77 minutes)

Francisco Borges – (Came on after 77 minutes)

Alejandro Carbonell – (Came on after 77 minutes)

Jose Aurelio Suarez – (Came on after 77 minutes)

Jesus Alfaro Ligero – (Came on after 77 minutes)

All arrived too late to make an impact.

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