With a dominant first half and a sub-par second, Barcelona made relatively easy work of Athletic Bilbao to, at least temporarily, increase their La Liga lead to eleven points. With first-half goals from Paco Alcacer and Lionel Messi Barcelona controlled their way to their 23rd win of the season.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 6
A simple spectator. Had more to do after the break.
Sergi Roberto: 6
Moves the ball so easily. Good in possession and in attack.
Gerard Pique: 7
In exceptional form. Superb one on one and good at clearing it well under pressure.
Samuel Umtiti: 6
Showed his ability in the air. Booked for tangling with Nunez.
Jordi Alba: 7
Helped set up the first goal for Alcacer, important speed to help the centre-backs.
Brought muscle to aid Barca in the centre of the pitch, looked comfortable.
Ivan Rakitic: 7
The Croatian knows exactly what Valverde wants from him. Plated in Busquets’ stead and was key.
Philippe Coutinho: 7
Exquisite on the ball and only the woodwork denied him, twice.
Ousmane Dembele: 6
Lethal in short distances thanks to his speed. A solid showing in the first half.
Lionel Messi: 8
Another goal, another show of his genius, the best player in the world.
Paco Alcacer: 6
Finished well to break the deadlock, worked hard.
Andres Iniesta: 6
Aleix Vidal: 6
Andre Gomes: 6