BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 29: Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammate Thiago Alcantara after scoring his third team's goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on August 29, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Barcelona 5-0 Villareal All Goals Highlights 29/08/2011 (via gab3ler)
It was a perfect debut for the former Arsenal captain, scoring at the stroke of half time after making a run forward into the box and Lionel Messi made no mistake finding him with a near perfect through pass which Cesc had no problems putting in the back of the net. Fabregas’ has announced himself to the league, and all credit to Pep for bringing back the La Masia protégé and long-term replacement for Xavi Hernandez back to the club. Xavi has been phenomenal for Barcelona for the past few seasons, and would make anyone’s dream team. But age is likely to catch up with the midfield general and playing every game of the season week in week out would be too tough a task even for him. What Pep has done is he has brought Xavi’s likely replacement a good two years in advance, and would give him enough playing time to cement his place in the side before Xavi hangs up his boots. Cesc is likely to play in different positions this season, and we will probably even see him alongside Xavi a lot more than initially expected. Cesc Fabregas himself has said that he is here to play side by side with Xavi and not replace him, and that is exactly what we’re likely to see as the season moves on.
What has also featured prominently in news and blogs is the future of young prospect Thiago Alcantara. His performance on Monday night speaks volumes of his ability to break defenses and the trust Pep has in the young Spaniard. Pep had emphasized that Thiago is not for sale and would not feature in any potential exchange/swap deals and now we know how serious he really was.
Thiago started at right centre in midfield in a star-studded
Alexis Sanchez might not be quite familiar with some football rules, (taking off your shirt is a yellow card mate!) but his greatness cannot be denied. Although he scored a goal in his debut game for
Alexis Sanchez also brings to the table a sort of a Plan B, a different approach and tactic, something that failed miserably with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Although I believe that Pep would like to gel him in with the rest of the squad and adjust him to the quick one-two’s, he is more suited at the latter stages of the game when the opposition is tired with the constant pressing game that Barcelona deploys. He would be able to open-up defenses with his quick feet, tantalizing weary defenders. It reminds me of the Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Mourn-inho’s Inter Milan where
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