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17.05.2009 22:07

Competitive debuts for Xavi Torres, Jeffren and Thiago

Anna Segura

Josep Guardiola gave competitive first-team debuts to three young reserve team players against Mallorca. Xavi Torres, Jeffren and Thiago will never forget 17 May 2009.

All footballers remember the day of their debut which then becomes part of football history. To give some examples, Guardiola made his competitive debut with Barça on 16 December 1990 and Leo Messi on 16 October 2004. And on 17 May 2009 it’s been Xavi Torres, Jeffren and Thiago who have had their dreams come true.

Xavi Torres in starting XI

WEB_20.jpgOne of the new things about Guardiola’s starting XI at the Ono Estadi this Sunday was the presence of Xavi Torres. He lined up in midfield alongside Gudjohnsen and Hleb.

Jeffren and Thiago in second half

Jeffren and Thiago got their chances in the second half. The first of the two to make his competitive Barça debut was Thiago when he came on for Gudjohnsen in the 74th minute.

Then with seven minutes to go Jeffren came off the bench to replace his teammate Pedro.

Oier in goal

WEB_33.jpgAlthough he made his debut with Barça last season in the Cup against Alcoyano, Oier Olazábal was once again in goal for the first-team. Injuries to Jorquera and Pinto led to him being called up, and Guardiola then decided to rest Valdés.
Competitive debuts for Xavi Torres, Jeffren and Thiago
Guardiola has used 29 players
Josep Guardiola has used 29 players this season in the League, Champions League and Spanish Cup. 23 are in the first-team squad, that is to say all of them except the injured Gaby Milito. Guardiola has also drawn on the reserves, with Oier, Xavi Torres, Jeffren and Thiago all turning out against Mallorca. In addition Víctor Vázquez played against Shakhtar and Abraham against Benidorm.

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