💫 Barcelona 1-4 PSG: Rating Mauricio Pochettino's players

💫 Barcelona 1-4 PSG: Rating Mauricio Pochettino's players

PSG's emphatic 4-1 win in the Nou Camp puts them firmly in the driving seat before the sides meet again in three weeks time.

Here's how we rated the PSG players' performances in the Champions League round of 16.  

🇨🇷 Keylor Navas - 6

Untroubled for most of the evening against a toothless Barça attack, but almost gifted Antoine Griezmann a late consolation with some careless footwork. 

🇮🇹 Alessandro Florenzi - 7.5

Like Kurzawa on the other flank, he provided a constant threat down the right and was instrumental in PSG's second goal. Combined well with compatriot Moise Kean. 

🇧🇷 Marquinhos - 8

PSG's skipper marshalled his team well and organized the back four expertly at set-pieces, winning most of his aerial duels throughout the evening. Even at 4-1 up, he stuck to his guns with last-ditch blocks to deny a desperate Barça attack in the dying moments. One of the most underrated centre-backs in Europe. 

🇫🇷 Presnel Kimpembe - 7

As ever, the left-footed Frenchman was tidy in possession. Didn't have much to do defensively, but always had passing options with Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes dropping in to collect the ball from the talented 25-year-old. 

🇫🇷 Layvin Kurzawa - 8

A constant threat going forward in the first half, combining well with Mbappé on PSG's left and providing an overlap on countless occasions. Heavily involved in the equalizer and unlucky not to score early in the contest.

🇦🇷 Leandro Paredes - 8.5

The Argentine controlled the tempo of the game in the second period. Played a brilliant ball to free Florenzi whose low cross was ultimately fired home by Mbappé to give PSG a 2-1 lead, and also assisted Moise Kean's headed third goal. 

🇸🇳 Idrissa Gueye - 6.5

The Senegalese hard man was detailed to stifle the Barcelona midfield and stifle them he did, picking up an early booking. Mauricio Pochettino smartly substituted him at halftime but that doesn't detract from the fact that he provided a platform for Verratti to control the first period.

🇮🇹 Moise Kean - 8

One of the best games of his professional career to date. Physically imposing and assured in the buildup, the 20-year-old Italian scored a deserved goal to give his side a two-goal lead on the 70-minute mark. 

🇮🇹 Marco Verratti - 9

A sublime display from PSG's Italian midfield maestro in a slightly modified role higher up the pitch. The 28-year-old was persistently linked with Barcelona a few years ago and they must now look at him as the one that got away. The best player at the Camp Nou last night aside from hat-trick hero Mbappé.

🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappé - 9.5

Yet another landmark night for the electric 22-year-old who became only the third player to score a Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona, after Faustino Asprilla for Newcastle and Andriy Shevchenko for Dynamo Kyiv, both back in 1997. That's a year before Mbappé was even born. Magnificent. 

🇦🇷 Mauro Icardi - 7

A selfless display from the ex-Inter man who had a frustrating first half, skewing a presentable chance wide and then missing from a close-range headed opportunity but worked hard in the second half. Needs to add a ruthless streak to his game at the elite level but for now, he's a great foil for Mbappé.

🇪🇸 Ander Herrera - 7

On as a halftime substitute, the ex-Man United man turned out a typically understated performance that allowed midfield colleagues Verratti and Paredes to flourish on the ball as he toiled off it. 

🇩🇪 Julian Draxler - 7

Good driving run and assist for Mbappé's hat-trick goal that added gloss to the scoreline, a level of gloss that PSG's players richly deserved. 

PSG's boss Mauricio Pochettino and his players will now shift their attention back tot he Ligue 1 title race before the second-leg against Barcelona in three weeks time. They face Monaco this Sunday.

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