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Ter Stegen: The German goalkeeper completed a perfect match. Not even Benzema’s goal at the end of the match eclipsed a stellar performance, with saves of great merit, and with interventions of many carats. It is in a spectacular moment. If Barça reached the final, it was thanks to their saves in the penalty shootout against Betis.
Araújo: Totally deactivated Vinicius on the right wing. The Brazilian was not even seen on the field. He could never face the aggressiveness and character of the Uruguayan. It is already the third game that Ronald turns Vinicius into a mere extra. It is the best antidote and Barcelona has it.
Koundé: It is normal for Xavi to demand yes or yes from the Frenchman in the squad this summer. He is a huge player, who is always well placed and never misses the mark. He had to deal with Benzema and the French striker had a hard time. A header and a goal at the last second. This was the balance of him.
Christensen: Supernatural. And he came to Barça at zero cost. He never loses a ball, always keeps his back, has a neat ball out and knows how to anticipate.
Bucket: We are facing the best left back of the next decade. He brings it all together to become a legend at the club. He ridiculed Valverde and left with speed when and how he wanted. The image of Carvajal, powerless, watching the blaugrana gallop like an unleashed horse will remain in the retina of the blaugrana. In that same play he gave Dembélé a great assist, but Courtois ended up aborting the shot with his feet.
Sergio Busquets: The old rockers never die. In the Super Cup final, the stars allied themselves to teach us a new version of what the game of the defensive pivot means. Masterful lesson from Badia who emulated Mick Jagger or Bruce Springsteen, going out the front door and showing that he still has rope for a while. The first goal came thanks to his recovery, throwing himself to the ground.
Pedri: Superb. The canary is a stratospheric player, who brings together talent, effort and work in equal parts. He sealed the victory with a goal coming from the second row after a great assist from Gavi. Gavi’s goal also came from a pass from him to Lewandowski, who assisted the Sevillian. A godsend for Xavi.
Frankie: The Dutchman claimed vindication, clearly demonstrating that the club was right not to sell him this summer. He is in an impressive game moment. The second goal, scored by Lewandowski, was thanks to his recovery and an action full of strength and grit.
Dembele’s: He exposed Mendy on more than one occasion, always starting from the right lane. He was very generous defensively and in attack he knew how to open up the field to create spaces between the central defenders. He was very close to beating Courtois. The team always looked for him as a solution in attack.
Lewandowski: The Pole came to turn the sock at FC Barcelona and he has achieved it in just over five months. ‘Pichichi’ of the team with 20 goals and their first title in their pocket, thanks to one of his goals and an assist. He had them with Militao in a fight between titans, from which he came out clearly the winner. He came close to scoring from midfield, but at the last moment he slipped and couldn’t adjust the shot.
Gavi: There is no longer any discussion. We are facing a player who is on his way to being a myth. His best match at FC Barcelona, with a goal included and two assists. Carvajal could not get rid of him throughout the game, coming to lower his arms at the insistence of the Sevillian. If the ‘Gavimania’ among the culé fans has already become fashionable, after this game things can be crazy.
Raphinha: He came out in the second half to give some oxygen to the right lane after Dembélé’s great effort.
Eric: Despite not having many minutes, the youth player more than fulfilled.
Kessie: He put muscle in the midfield.
Fati: He could barely touch a ball.
Sergi Roberto: Came out in the last few minutes.
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