Player ratings as Catalans held to goalless draw

After a summer of fantasy signings, Barcelona were brought crashing back into reality with a frustrating 0-0 at home to a well-drilled Rayo Vallecano side on the first Saturday night of the new La Liga season.

Rayo, who beat Barcelona home and away last season, waited until the ball went into midfield or out wide, using the touchline as an extra player, to press their hosts. The remarkable composure of Sergio Busquets and Pedri, in particular, helped Barcelona intermittently play through the pressure but the hosts were stymied for large spells.

When Barcelona did escape their own half, the…


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