Frenkie de Jong denticulate one ambition and created addition as Barcelona exhausted Elche 2-0 on Sunday to extend their best run in La Liga to nine games.
De Jong opened the scoring aloof afore half-time with a tap-in on the band and afresh blithely set up acting Riqui Puig to arch home the additional in the 89th minute.
Ronald Koeman’s side, who were missing the abeyant Lionel Messi, alternate to third in the table with the win, seven credibility abaft leaders Atletico Madrid, who accept two amateur in hand.
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Barca’s abroad anatomy has been abhorrent at times so the actuality they’ve managed a run of seven beeline matches abroad from Camp Nou with aloof one defeat — adjoin Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Supercopa final, afterwards extra-time — is encouraging. The win at Elche was their fourth in a row on the alley in La Liga, and alike came afterwards Messi.
On an alone note, De Jong continues to grow, Samuel Umtiti came in and did able-bodied and there was a nice moment for adolescent midfielder Puig at the end as he denticulate his aboriginal ambition for the club.
Sergio Busquets was appointed for the fifth time this division and will be abeyant for abutting week’s home bold adjoin Barca’s Supercopa conquerors, Athletic Bilbao.
6 — Koeman was missing so abounding players that the aggregation best itself. Deserved acclaim for afraid Umtiti in. If he can advice the Frenchman aback to his best, it will be one of the best notable things he’s done aback demography over at Camp Nou.
GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 7 — The Germany all-embracing fabricated a huge save from Emiliano Rigoni in the additional bisected with the bold still cautiously assertive at 1-0.
DF Oscar Mingueza, 5 — Wasteful with his deliveries in the final third and was beholden to Ter Stegen for endlessly from Rigoni afterwards he absent the brawl in a alarming position.
DF Ronald Araujo, 7 — Continued his absorbing form, giving actual little abroad at the back. Was additionally added adventuresome with his passing.
DF Samuel Umtiti, 7 — A additional alpha of the division and a additional apple-pie sheet. He’s Barca’s best apostle on the ball, the agnosticism is whether he can break fit and balance his pre-World Cup 2018 form.
DF Jordi Alba, 6 — Up and bottomward the larboard flank, accidental to the apple-pie breadth in defence and additionally accepting into acceptable positions in attack.
MF Sergio Busquets, 6 — Has begin some anatomy aback Barca alternate to a 4-3-3 accumulation and was already afresh impeccably positioned.
MF Frenkie de Jong, 8 — Perhaps Barca’s best amateur aback the about-face of the year. Denticulate his fourth ambition of the division adjoin Elche — they accept all appear in his aftermost 10 appearances — and his active run and cantankerous for the Puig ambition showed what he’s able of back accepting advanced more.
MF Pedri, 6 — Neat and tidy on the brawl but shot-shy in and about the breadth back affairs came his way.
FW Ousmane Dembele, 6 — Produced some moments of brilliance, gliding accomplished two or three Elche players at a time, but generally erred with his final decision.
FW Antoine Griezmann, 6 — Not ever complex in the final third but formed hard. Koeman will appetite added from him.
FW Martin Braithwaite, 6 — Produced a acceptable cantankerous for the aperture ambition from his starting position on the larboard addition and formed the band able-bodied in the additional half.
FW Francisco Trincao, NR — Alone on for aloof over 10 account but about denticulate twice, cartoon two saves from Edgar Badia.
MF Riqui Puig, NR — Brought on for the final few account but begin time to pop up at the far column to account his first-ever ambition for the club.
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