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Jose Arnaiz impressive Barcelona debut secures Copa victory | Quick Reaction and Player Ratings


Barcelona defeated Murcia in their La Condomina stadium (0-3) in the first round of the Copa del Rey, first leg. Although the quality and budget of both clubs is worlds apart, the hosts made themselves proud and became far more difficult to overcome than the Catalans would have anticipated.

Ernesto Valverde rotated the team extensively, as expected. The inclusion of non-regulars Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes, Nelson Semedo, Vermaelen and B players Carles Aleñà and Jose Arnaiz gave Cules plenty of storylines to focus on, which made the match far more interesting from the initial whistle.

Here is a selection of Francesc Tomas' tweets during the match:





While there were plenty of positives to celebrate from an individual perspective, the fact that Barcelona was not always in control of the game despite facing a third-tier team must also be highlighted. Having said that, the Blaugrana victory was never truly in question, particularly after Paco Alcacer's opening goal. The team's lack of overall cohesion can be interpreted as a result of the limited playing time these Barca players have enjoyed together of late.

Another day, another win. Job done, and on to the next one!

Match Stats:



Player Ratings:

Cillessen - 8

Semedo - 6
Mascherano - 8
Vermaelen - 6
Digne - 6

Gomes - 6
Aleñà - 7
Denis - 7

Deulofeu - 7
Alcacer - 7
Arnaiz - 9

Subs:
Sergi Roberto - 6
Rakitic - 6
Cucurella - 6

Now it's your turn: Who was YOUR Man of the Match?


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