Valdés, Messi, Mascherano and Abidal have all played every minute of every official game played to date by Barça this season.
Opportunity for newcomers
As for the new signings, Alexis Sánchez has played in three games and scored one goal, while the
only game Cesc Fàbregas has missed was the first leg against Madrid, which was played before he
signed for the club. He has scored twice, against Porto and Villarreal.
A total of 17 players have appeared in FC Barcelona’s two Spanish Supercup, one European
Supercup and one Liga match played so far. Four players have played all 360 minutes of these games,
goalkeeper Víctor Valdés, defenders Mascherano and Abidal, and striker Leo Messi.
aldés has kept two clean sheets in the last two games against Porto and
Villarreal, but let in a total of four in the two games against Real Madrid. Valdés has enjoyed the
support of Mascherano in the centre of defence, where he has been covering for the injured Puyol
and Piqué. To his side, the Argentinian has had the tireless Éric Abidal. In attack, Leo Messi has
scored in every official game to date, a total of six, three in the Spanish Supercup, one in the
European one and two in the league.
Iniesta, Keita and Alves also get time
Andrés Iniesta was also on the way to the same record, but was taken off by
Guardiola after 10 minutes of the second half against Villarreal. Keita has also played a big role
in the early outings, although he didn’t start against Madrid at the Camp Nou. But despite
not playing every minute, there is perhaps no one player who has been singled for as much praise
from Pep Guardiola as the Malian.
Dani Alves missed one whole game through suspension, the league outing versus Villarreal.
Otherwise, he has played the entirety of every other official game.
Xavi, Pedro and Villa in every game
Finally, Xavi, Pedro and Villa have all appeared in every game to date. The former
played the full second match against Madrid and also the one in Monaco, but only played part of the
first clash with Madrid and the Liga opener.
Pedro and Villa have started three games each. The Canary Islander was in the first elevens
at the Bernabeu, Camp Nou and Monaco, and the Asturian started in all of the three Supercup games
but was on the bench for the first game of the Liga campaign.