Match Facts: Barça vs Seville
Barça showed all heir attacking strength with the five goals against Seville, but it was also the team’s fourth clean sheet on the run, as Guardiola said after the game: “we defend by attacking!”.
Below are some of the match stats from the game:
► Seville only had three shots during the game, with just one on target, whilst Barça
had eighteen, with eight on target.
► At the back, Pique won eighteen tackles, whilst no other player on the pitch made
more than ten.
► Barça made twenty five crosses to Seville’s seven and a total of 723 passes to
the visitor’s 283: another stat that shows Barça’s total domination.
► Xavi was only on the pitch for an hour and so it was Busquets who was the most active
Barça player with 124 interventions.
► The game was the fourth on the run in which the team have kept a clean sheet, with
Copenhagen, Zaragoza and Ceuta also unable to break the Barça defence. That is the best run of the
► It was also the team’s fifth win on the trot in all competitions, a run which
began with the win against Valencia.
Messi has scored 14 goals in the 12 games the team have played so far this year, with 10 in the
first half and four after the break.
► It was the fourth brace of the season for Messi, who’s scored twice on three
occasions in the last 10 days.
► In contrast, it was Villa’s first two goal haul as a Barça player and his
twelfth against Seville.
► Alves bagged his second goal of the season following his strike against Panathinaikos
in the 5-1 win at the Nou Camp, but it was his first in the league and his first against his
► Piqué is still sat on four yellows in the league –just one short of a one-match