Barcelona v Chelsea: player ratings

Lionel Messi disappointed for Barça but Peter Cech, Ashley Cole and Ramires produced magnificent displays for Chelsea


Victor Valdés

His first action was a run-and-punch on 15 minutes as Didier Drogba advanced and he will be disappointed with Ramires's goal 5/10

Gerard Piqué

Was in centre of Barcelona's back three and often prompted the attack but was taken out by Valdés and had to be replaced 5

Javier Mascherano

Kept his place ahead of Dani Alves on right of rearguard and looked to link attack but was questionable when defending 5

Carles Puyol

Mr Barça marshaled his rearguard well and with a simple defensive header set up Lionel Messi to play in Andrés Iniesta 6

Cesc Fábregas

Drifted into space behind Messi and produced a backheel to play in his partner before he and Frank Lampard squared up 5

Sergio Busquets

The holding player in the Barça side was shadowed by Drogba when linking forward. Unmarked when equalising 7


Chipped an early ball in Alexis Sánchez's direction but by resorting to shots showed how his side were being frustrated 6

Andrés Iniesta

Starting position in the play was often on the left, from where he pickpocketed José Bosingwa and then scored his team's second 7

Alexis Sánchez

Was often involved in the carousel passing in and around the visitors' area – but was starved of consistent chances 5

Isaac Cuenca

A surprise inclusion, operating wide right, and lost possession early on before he supplied ball for Busquets's finish 6

Lionel Messi

World's best player crashed a penalty against the bar that would have placed a foot in the final for Barça. Off peak in each leg 5


Dani Alves (for Piqué, 26); Tello (for Cuenca, 68); Keita (for Fábregas, 74). Not used Pinto, Thiago, Pedro, Adriano.


Petr Cech

Fine save from Messi on 19 minutes with legs was bettered by spaghetti-legged act to put off Messi for Argentinian's penalty 8/10

Branislav Ivanovic

Forced into centre-back following John Terry's and Gary Cahill's departures. Put in a valiant shift and might have scored with header 7

John Terry

Only he knows why he kneed Sánchez in the back for the red card that made sure he will miss the final 3

Gary Cahill

Went down early when challenging Sánchez and pulled hamstring after eight minutes. Bitter disappointment on a big night 5

Ashley Cole

Can be proud of defiance once Terry received marching orders. Made one fine break in the opening moments 7

Mikel John Obi

Difficult for him to settle into any rhythm but on an evening of stubborn Blues heroics he continued to try to close down space 7

Frank Lampard

Lost Busquets for Barça's first goal. As staunch in defence as his colleagues, the veteran produced a class pass to play in Ramires 7

Juan Mata

Had to wait 14 minutes for his first touch – a cross aimed at Drogba from the right – as the Spaniard had scant chance to show skills 7


Produced a sand-wedge of a finish over Valdés to give Chelsea hope of progressing despite booking that ruled him out of final 8

Raul Meireles

Spent his evening helping to pile up the Chelsea barricade by patrolling first line of contact with advancing Barça wave 6

Didier Drogba

Gave away penalty and was lucky to see Messi miss but the forward was a vital presence whenever Chelsea broke 6


Bosingwa (for Cahill, 12); Kalou (for Mata, 58); Torres (for Drogba, 80). Not used Turnbull, Essien, Malouda, Sturridge.

Referee Cuneyt Cakir

comments powered by Disqus