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08.12.2008 14:52

Four players Guardiola knows well

Jaume Marcet

Guardiola could give Champions League debuts to four reserve team players this Tuesday. Centre back Botia, midfielders Xavi Torres and Abraham and striker Vázquez are all hoping to play their first European game.

Below is more information about the four new players in Barça’s squad for their last CL group game against Shakhtar Donetsk.

fcb-alcoia_x4x.jpgVictor Vázquez. 21. Striker. Though best as a linkman between midfield and the attack, he can also play out wide or as a centre forward. From the same generation as Messi and Piqué. Made his League debut last season at Almeria. A talented and inventive player, his passing and ability to switch the direction of attack are very dangerous.

QM3D0954.jpgAbraham González. 23. Midfielder. Last season was a key figure in the reserve team getting promoted to Second Division B. A hard-working player, he can also play at right back if required. Made his first team debut in the away leg of the Cup tie with Benidorm. Has scored once in Second Division B with Barça Atlètic.

QM3D0979.jpgXavi Torres. 21. Midfielder. Another key player in last term’s promotion campaign. The Barça Atlètic captain has a powerful personality and plays in the hole though can also operate in the centre of the park. Has a powerful shot and is a tactically astute footballer.

WEB_21.jpgAlberto Botía. 19. Centre back who dominates in the air both in defence and in attack. Came to Barça from Murcia as a youngster and has always scored goals thanks to his height and heading ability. Played with Bojan in the Under-18s and both made their reserve team debuts two years ago at Huesca. Last season Rijkaard called him up for an Espanyol game. Can also play at right back and in the hole. Has scored once this season with Barça Atlètic.
Four players Guardiola knows well
All played for Guardiola
Guardiola knows Botía, Vazquez, Abraham and Torres extremely well as they all played for Barça B last season when the side he managed won promotion from the Third Division to the Second Division B.

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