Barcelona’s best and worst players from their superb Champions League win at PSG

Barcelona’s best and worst players from their superb Champions League win at PSG

Barcelona have one foot in a first Champions League semi-final since 2019 after beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Two goals from Raphinha and one from Andreas Christensen ensured Barca will take a one-goal cushion into the second leg of their quarter-final with the reigning French champions next week.

Xavi managed to overcome his former boss Luis Enrique to lead Barcelona to a memorable victory at Parc des Princes.

Here were Barcelona’s best and worst players on the night, courtesy of 90min’s player ratings.

Raphinha was sensational / FRANCK FIFE/GettyImages

Raphinha – 9/10

For much of this season, Raphinha has been tipped to leave Barcelona. The club are near-enough broke and have to sell players if they are to bring some more in.

It’s becoming increasingly clear, however, that the Brazil winger should not be in the shop window unless Barca receive a crazy, crazy offer.

This was Raphinha’s night. It was his fine finish following a Gianluigi Donnarumma error that put the visitors ahead. It was his finer volley just after the hour mark which brought them level again at 2-2.

Champions League nights are made for the best players. On this occasion, Raphinha strolled into the back yard of Kylian Mbappe and had the last laugh.

Honourable mention

A veteran performance / Franco Arland/GettyImages

Ilkay Gundogan – 8/10

If we’re being honest, the player ratings don’t do justice what a remarkable team effort this was from Barcelona. Every player should get a shoutout in some form or another.

We’re going with Ilkay Gundogan as it felt like he’s the player who took the bull by the horns and asserted Barca’s dominance. PSG had the better of the opening exchanges, but once Gundogan turned it on in the midfield battle, the game was at his mercy.

To top off his contributions for the evening, he provided the assist for Andreas Christensen’s winner, ensuring his impact was both tangible and intangible.

Yeah maybe don’t do this next time Joao yeah cheers / Tim Clayton – Corbis/GettyImages

Joao Cancelo – 6/10

Alright, don’t get angry. Like I said in the last entry, everyone for Barcelona played well. Some just played better than others.

Damn you, Joao Cancelo, for going in high on Kylian Mbappe when the offside flag had been raised. Damn you.

Dishonourable mention

Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 6/10

Sorry, MATS / Franco Arland/GettyImages

Was there much Marc-Andre ter Stegen could have done about PSG’s goals? No, not really.

Did he still concede two goals to a PSG team who played well for a combined 25 minutes on the night? Yeah. Those are just the facts. I’m not saying he was crap or anything, you got it?


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