Lionel Messi earns perfect 10, Andres Iniesta turns back the clock vs. Juve

Lionel Messi earns perfect 10, Andres Iniesta turns back the clock vs. Juve
From ESPN - September 12, 2017

Lionel Messi continued his rampant start to the season to help Barcelona slay a sorry Juventus side who simply crumbled at the Camp Nou and were barely recognizable from the team who dumped the Catalans out of the Champions League last season so comprehensively.

Messi began and ended the rout with two crisp finishes, finally beating Gianluigi Buffon in his fourth game against the Italy veteran, while Ivan Rakitic's goal in between had the Argentine's prints all over it.

Andres Iniesta also rolled the years back with a display that whipped the Barca faithful into a party atmosphere.


Ousmane Dembele had a bright debut and showed he is also determined to fight to win the ball back as he did in the build-up to the second goal, while Nelson Semedo is looking like a very smart acquisition.


Hard to think of any after such a resounding win, although critics of the recently maligned board may fear that the rebellion against president Josep Maria Bartomeu may start to fade away with the team in such soaring form.

Manager rating out of 10:

9--Ernesto Valverde may not have been the most inspiring choice to succeed Luis Enrique this summer but now we are seeing why the coach is so highly respected in the Spanish game. His team selection was as expected, but his team are playing fluid, unpredictable football, swatting aside the likes of Espanyol as well as European giants like Juventus.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 7 -- Made a strong early save from Mattia De Sciglio which the referee did not spot and then kept out a thumping drive from Miralem Pjanic, and did well to hold onto his clean sheet in the second half.

DF Nelson Semedo, 7 -- Is already starting to make a name for himself at Camp Nou and linked up superbly with Dembele down the right side. Lacked a bit of awareness in defence and got booked for pushing Douglas Costa to the ground.

DF Gerard Pique, 6 -- Did well to shut down Gonzalo Higuain when the striker caught sight of goal and was a big presence throughout the game, although he was let off the hook when his skidded clearance was blasted over by Paulo Dybala. Later cleared the ball from the line with his body.


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