Andy West rates the players as Barcelona dish out an 8-2 thrashing to Huesca in La Liga
Barcelona turned on the style with an eight-goal show against outclassed Huesca to maintain their 100 per cent record in La Liga.
We run the rule over all the players here.
Ter Stegen 6: Maybe could have come off his line more quickly for Huesca’s two goals but that’s being harsh. Solid overall.
Roberto 6: The least incisive of Barca’s players coming forward, but he worked hard and always made himself available on the overlap.
Pique 7: Generally commanding in the heart of defence despite facing strong pressure and came close to scoring a couple of times.
Umtiti 5: Beaten for the second goal and looked uncomfortable against Huesca’s attacking approach. Limped off midway through the second half, probably not serious.
Alba 8: Hard-charging performance, constantly penetrating Huesca’s penalty area. Registered two assists and finished off a strong show with a well-taken goal.
Rakitic 7: Got into advanced positions from early on, forcing a good save with a long-range strike and arrowing home a fine finish for the fifth.
Busquets 7: Helped Barca take control in the first half with his perceptive passing ability. Less influence after the break and was substituted.
Coutinho 8: Showed twinkle toes to regularly create danger, especially for a back-heeled one-two with Alba and a great assist for Messi.
Messi 9: Scored twice including the key equaliser, crashed another shot against the bar, delivered great assists to Rakitic and Alba. What more to say?
Suarez 8: Much brighter, getting a badly-needed first goal of the season with a crisp near-post finish. Also netted a penalty and assisted Dembele.
Dembele 8: Some loose touches but always menacing with his creative spark. Great pass to Alba for the second goal and a firm finish for the fourth.
Lenglet 6: Came into the centre of defence and was barely tested as Huesca ran out of steam, but looked comfortable enough.
Vidal 6: Generally tidy after being introduced for Rakitic midway through the second half, but earned a yellow card for a crunching foul on Avila.
Arthur 6: Kept things simple in the centre of the field after relieving Busquets, doing a fetching and carrying job with calm control.
Werner 5: Strangely played alright despite conceding eight, making good saves from Rakitic, Messi and Coutinho.
Miramon 5: Got forward well at times including an excellent cross for the early opener, but really struggled defensively against Alba.
Pulido 5: Tigerish no-nonsense defending from the old school, getting close to his opponents, but scored a silly own goal to send Barca ahead.
Etxeita 3: Really struggled to contain Suarez and looked the weak link in the visiting defence, although the team’s wide open structure didn’t help.
Luisinho 4: Badly beaten by Messi for the equaliser and didn’t improve from there. Offered little going forward and repeatedly exposed defensively.
Gallar 4: Sharp finish for Huesca’s second goal but struggled to have much of an impact on the right flank and was substituted.
Musto 3: Physical midfielder who had the job of protecting his back four but the scoreline suggests he failed. Booked for bundling over Alba.
Melero 7: The pick of the visiting team. Busy and precise on the ball and tenacious in the tackle, but regularly overwhelmed by Barca’s attacks.
Gomez 5: Started on the left wing and finished more centrally. Delivered a smart flicked cross for the second goal and tried to be progressive.
Longo 6: Headed down well for the opener and was a dangerous target man before the visitors ran out of steam and he was substituted.
Hernandez 6: Produced a deft finish for Huesca’s early goal and worked hard, but his decision making was sometimes suspect. Replaced near the end.
Gurler 5: Came on as a left winger but his team was well beaten by that stage and he couldn’t make an impression.
Semedo 5: Reinforcement to the centre of defence for the final 25 minutes and made some good interventions but had a tough task.
Avila 5: The scorer of a remarkable late equaliser at Athletic Bilbao last week but he couldn’t reproduce those heroics this time, offering little.