Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sevilla 1-0 Valencia - Player Ratings

Player Ratings:
Guaita 6 - Had one good intervention, and could do nothing for the goal.
Bruno 5 - In no mans land, wasn't good defensively nor offensively. Properly substituted at half time.
Rami 6 - Mixed performance from the French. Did not communicate with Ruiz as he should have and both managed to mark absolutely no one.
Ruiz 6 - Same as Rami, both share responsibility for first goal. Other than that was pretty good.
Mathieu 6.5 - Some great runs forward and provided crosses and passes in abundance, but similarly as Dani for example for Barcelona was absent from defense and it showed as Jesus Navas counter attack led to the goal.
Maduro 6 - Was actually quite effective in defense, though I guess was a bit of a nuisance to Rami and Ruiz as he was ordered to go the sweeper position when Valencia defended and they weren't used to a 3 man defense.
Banega 6 - Overall it was a good match for Banega, but did have two bad reactions where he lost the ball in dangerous positions and missed a penalty. Still he was pretty much the only guy that can actually start an attack from the middle.
Tino Costa 6 - Absolutely terrible in the first half, improved in the second and finally started playing good when Sevilla were 2 men down. Overall if Sevilla wasn't 2 men down would have gotten a rating of probably 5.
Piatti 5.5 - Ran channels, was very active and did actually have one good pass to Aduriz that put him clear on goal, but misplaced 10 other passes and goes down to the slightest touch. Messi is similar stature but can dribble and pass.
Aduriz 4 - What a bad day for Aduriz. As if achieving nothing in attack isn't bad enough, he felt to Navaro's provocation and stepped on Navarro's leg and was shown the red card just when Valencia were 2 men up.
Jonas 6 - Was quite crap in the first half, improved quite a bit in the second, but not quite enough to score a goal.
Barragan 6.5  Was quite the step up from Bruno and if this didn't place him above Bruno in the pecking order I don't know what will. Played good in defense and attack, albeit he had a little easier time as Sevilla lost 2 men later on.
Canales 5 - Didn't bring anything in the field. Should have played right, but he was always going to the middle, crowding the place.
Soldado N/A - Not enough time.

Unai Emery 4 - Started with a wrong formation. We would have controlled the game without 3 midfielders. Should have just started with 4-2-3-1 as its served us so well so far. He put Jonas on the left a position Jonas has publicly said he doesn't like and can't play. It is what it is, but he also made a wrong substitution by subbing Canales for Piatti. He should have brought Feghuoli and added depth to the wings as our team with Canales now had 4 central midfielders and no wingers !