Stat Attack: Barcelona and the first half of the Spanish La Liga (Part 2)

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Stat Attack: Barcelona and the first half of the Spanish La Liga (Part 2)

Andres Iniesta has been a crucial figure for Barcelona’s recent success. His great performance for the Catalan Giants and the Spanish national team earned him a “finalist” spot in the Ballon d’Or – the most prestigious individual award in the World. However, this season he has outdone himself as a goal scorer.

For Barcelona, Andres Iniesta has not scored a lot of goals but his best form came during the season 2006-2007 when he found the back of the net 6 times. However, this year he has equalized his best goal scoring run already and only half the season has passed. The first goal of Barcelona against Malaga which was scored by Andres Iniesta was his sixth goal of the season which means that he might be able to break his own record this season.

One player who has shown fabulous improvement and has made his place in the first team is the young Spanish striker Pedro Rodriguez. The Spaniard now plays as a regular right winger for the Spanish club and he has done marvellously this season. Not only is he aiding other players in scoring goals and providing a lot to the team, in fact he is also finding the back of the net himself.

For the last eight Spanish La Liga games in which Pedro Rodriguez featured, he has scored nine goals. It is simply a remarkable record considering the fact that this is the first time that he is getting first-team play time. His combination with David Villa and Lionel Messi is simply deadly and together they have scored more than fifty times this season. In all competitions, Pedro Rodriguez has scored 15 goals in 14 games which makes him a consistent goal scorer. Currently he is in competition with David Villa who has found the net 14 times after netting twice against Malaga as Pedro scored one as well. Only the Argentinean striker Lionel Messi is above the two of them as he has scored 31 goals this season.

Another young star who did not feature for the Cup game against Real Betis is Bojan Krkic. Bojan featured in the Barcelona team a long time back but he was never able to make his position in the first team. Bojan has always been an impact substitute for Josep Guardiola but he still managed to make his 150th appearance for Barcelona against Malaga after he was substituted for Andres Iniesta during the 80th minute of the game.

While playing against Malaga, the Spanish holding midfielder Sergio Busquets was able to pull off some extraordinary statistics. The Spanish youngster and the FIFA World Cup 2010 winner managed to win the ball for the highest number of times compared to any other player on the pitch. Busquets won the ball 12 times against Malaga and one of his interceptions also led to a goal that was assisted by Lionel Messi and scored by David Villa.

Xavi Hernandez outdid all the other players yet again as he was the most active player in the game. The Spanish maestro was able to complete the highest number of passes compared to all the other players. Xavi Hernandez played 135 passes during the game and those passes found their target 122 times. 


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