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03.05.2009 14:57

La Masia produces in the Bernabéu

Anna Segura

The pride felt by Barçacredible win in the Bernabéu is even deeper if the fact that more than half of the team came from the club's youth system as six of the starting eleven, and substitutes Bojan and Sergi Busquets, rose through the ranks.

With six goals, three points and a seven-point gap, there are many aspects of Pep Guardiola's team's win that stand out, but one that will please the Blaugrana fans the most is that so many of the players come from Can Barça.

Six out of eleven

WEB_11.jpgGuardiola showed that he has faith in the homegrown players in his squad as he named Víctor Valdés, Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi in his starting team.

Bojan and Busquets

Bojan and Busquets were both on the bench as they waited for a chance to enter the game and share the praise and delight on the pitch. Bojan was introduced in the second half as he replaced the impressive Iniesta.

"We believe in the youth system"

WEB_15.jpgAfter the game, Guardiola explained that he was delighted with the players that had risen through the club. "We believe in the youth system," he said. "FC Barcelona are the only club in the world that have so many great players that have been at the club for 12 or 13 years. Then there is money available to add players from the outside who can make a difference."

Goals and assists

The players that learnt their trade in La Masia starred in the win as Puyol and Piqué were strong at the back and scored twice at the other end. In midfield the Terrassa-born Xavi had four assists.
La Masia produces in the Bernabéu
No cards
Before the game against Valencia last weekend, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Samuel Eto'o and Touré Yaya were all one booking away from missing el Clásico, but they all stayed out of the referee’s book then and again were not booked in the Bernabéu and will be able to play against Villarreal in the next game too.

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