Arda Turan shows signs of improvement, Lucas Digne impresses on debut but, once again, its that certain forward who steals the headlines.
1. Claudio Bravo 5
Had nothing to do against a wasteful and ponderous Sevilla attack. Made one impressive reaction stop, however, after Javier Mascherano clattered a clearance off Vitolo.
20. Sergi Roberto 6
Improved as the game progressed. Pinned back by Sevilla’s aggressive press early on, Roberto seized his new-found freedom in the second half with a number of energetic bursts down the right-hand side. A solid, if not spectacular, option at full-back.
3. Gerard Pique 7
Barca badly missed Pique’s leadership and pace in pre-season, shipping four against Liverpool and two each against Leicester and Sampdoria. The 29-year-old dealt professionally with a number of Sevilla set-pieces.
14. Javier Mascherano 7
Positionally sound again, Mascherano makes the art of defending look second-nature. One crucial block to deny a goalbound Wissam Ben Yedder strike late on.
24. Jeremy Mathieu 4 (substituted off after 27 minutes)
Struggled with the pace and interplay of Sevilla’s right-sided duo Vitolo and Mariano and was repeatedly caught out until he was subbed off with an apparent hamstring strain.
5. Sergio Busquets 6
Struggled to influence the game in his usual metronomic manner in the first half, with Sevilla swarming Barca’s number five. Luis Enrique’s side don’t look the same free-flowing unit when Busquets is on the periphery.
4. Ivan Rakitic 6
Worked tirelessly as usual but contributed very little in an attacking sense. Yet, its Rakitic’s work off the ball that is so valuable to Barcelona.
8. Andres Iniesta 5 (substituted off after 36 minutes)
Found it difficult to influence the game due to the ferocity of Sampaoli’s signature high press. Clattered by Gabriel Mercado midway through the first half and was eventually replaced by Denis Suarez.
7. Arda Turan 6 (substituted off 77 minutes)
Mixed. Still yet to hit the heights of his Atletico heyday, Arda was quiet again in the first-half, losing possession wastefully and struggling to link play with any effect. However, a switch into a central role after the interval paid dividends, the Turkish international setting up Luis Suarez’ opener with an excellent knock-down.
10. Lionel Messi 7
Not at his best, unsurprisingly, after a turbulent and tiring off-season. Messi orchestrated play from deep and set up Munir’s matchwinner with another defence splitting pass but lost possession in good areas on a few occasions.
9. Luis Suarez 8 Man of the Match
The difference between the two teams. The Uruguayan was quiet in the opening 45 but sprang to life in the second period, lashing home a brilliant volley for the opening goal. Continued to create chances out of nothing as Sevilla stalled late on.
19. Lucas Digne 7 (came on after 27 minutes)
Looked the part. Didn’t get too many chances to showcase his attacking capabilities but the young Frenchman was very solid defensively on his competitive debut.
6. Denis Suarez 7 (came on after 36 minutes)
Wearing Xavi’s famous number 6, Suarez delivered a ball the Catalan legend would have been proud of to lay the foundations for namesake Luis’ opener.
17. Munir 7 (came on after 77 minutes)
A clinical finish moments after coming on, Munir once again stakes his claim to be Barca’s back-up striker next season.