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LEGANÉS 1-BARCELONA 5

Barcelona player by player analysis versus Leganés

Leganés 1-5 Barcelona: Player by player analysis of the Barcelona side that beat Leganés 5-1.

Barcelona player by player analysis versus Leganés
Juan Carlos Hidalgo EFE

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Leganés 1-5 Barcelona: Barça team analysis

Barcelona thrashed Leganés at Butarque, with Messi grabbing a brace, Neymar and Suárez each scoring and Rafinha scoring a stunning goal. Here's how each of the players performed:

Ter Stegen, solid with his feet.

Ter Stegen: Very comfortable during the game, once again showed sensational reflexes when he was called into action, and good footwork when put under pressure by some risky passbacks from his teammates. Gave his team confidence at the back, but could do nothing to prevent Gabriel's goal.

Mascherano: Poor. Suffered badly as a false right back. Leganés attacked him from high up and he ended up badly out of position on several occasions, with players getting in behind him. Improved as Barcelona went further ahead on the scoreboard, but he's not having a good spell.

Piqué: Picked up a yellow at the end of the match, but in general had no problems and did well to cover for any mistakes made by his teammates. He's a vital presence for Luis Enrique.

Umtiti: Another solid game for the left footer. Brought the ball out well and was quick at starting moves. Lost six balls overall. He's making a space for himself in the team. At 0-2 he made a vital tackle to prevent Leganés cutting the deficit.

Alba: Fast and reliable. He's back to his best and Luis Enrique is appreciating the efforts he's made. He was quick and clever to start the move that led to 0-4, giving the ball to Suárez to start the counter.

Rafinha: Great game, sensational goal. Comfortable on the ball. He knew how to wait for his moment in the game, which was a stunning strike to make it 0-5. It looks like he'll have an important part to play this season.

Rakitic: Came off at the start of the second half. Put in a major shift in the midfield and made the right decisions when he had the ball, though that wasn't as often as he'd have liked. Booked.

Iniesta: In a game with few spells of long possession Barça's midfield maestro directed several decent passages of play, showing off his repetoire of skills. Taken off after an hour to rest, with the game won.

Messi celebrates the opening goal

Messi: Two goals and an assist. Football from another planet. He might not win the Ballon d'Or or the Fifa World Player, but he's the best. His teammates know how to make the most of him, and his rivals simply suffer, at the same time as they have to enjoy watching him. Great run to set up the second.

Luis Suárez: Brutal. Attacked and attacked down the wing and scored a fine goal. Combined both short and long with his teammates, with a symphony of touches. He's scored four in the Liga now.

Neymar: Too skillful and tormented the Leganés back line all afternoon, who struggled to stop him legally. Scored a goal and won the penalty (converted by Messi). He was in fine form and the game against Alavés is forgotten. Was accused by Michael Laudrup of showboating and winding up the Leganés players.

Substitutions:

Alcácer: Had a goal ruled out for offside. He was where he needed to be once he came on and was constantly looking to lose his man and run into space. With patience the goals will come.

Arda: Played right in the middle, showed his skill and put in a major effort to win the ball back. Showed how committed he is.

Denis: Had really no time to show what he can do, but played intelligently when he got the ball.