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FC Barcelona 2010/11 Season in Review: Andreu Fontàs

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Report: Andreu Fontas started the season with the Barcelona B team where he played as a central defender and defensive midfielder. This was Andreu's third season with the reserve team. He was one of Barca B's most consistent performers and was a commanding presense when organizing the team's defense. Fontas was an important player for the team that surprised everybody and finished the season in 3rd place.

From the beginning of the season to February Fontas joined the first team on a handful of occasions. He enjoyed some playing time during the short time periods away from the Mini Estadi and even made an appearance in the Champions League. In the group game against Russian champions Rubin Kazan Fontas scored his first professional goal.

When Eric Abidal had to undergo surgery to remove the liver tumor Fontas received a full-time call up. At first Fontas didn't play much, but when both Adriano Correia and Maxwell injured themselves, Andreu stepped up to the occasion and played at the for him unfamiliar left back position. Never in his career did he play on the left side, but despite looking a tad uncomfortable he delivered three solid performances.

Moment of the season: Scoring your first professional goal is a once in a lifetime occasion, but even a rare occurrence like that couldn't beat one of the best assists of the season. The season highlight came in the epic 0-8 Barcelona victory against UD Almería. Fontas started the game in the heart of the defense where he didn't have much work as the hosts rarely threatened. Fontas' greatest moment of the game, and season for that matter, came in the 35th minute when he assisted Pedro for Barca's fourth goal. Andreu fired a pass across the whole pitch straight onto the path of Pedro who calmly beat Diego Alves.

Almeria 0-8 FC Barcelona. Pedro goal (0-4). (via serxioable)

Stats: (first team only)

Appearances 8
Games started 7
Started on the bench 10
Substitute in 1
Substitute out 1
Minutes played 665
Goals scored 1
Assists 1
Shots 3
Shots on goal 2
Fouls committed 1
Fouls suffered 3
Yellow cards 2
Red cards 0

Record with Andreu Fontas in the starting lineup: 5-1-1

2011/12 Outlook: Fontas is expected to receive a permanent promotion to the first team before the beginning of the season. With the lack of defensive players at Guardiola's disposal Andreu should get plenty of minutes with the big boys. The young man definitely has the talant to succeed at the highest level, but right now he lacks experience to be used in big time situations.

Next up: Javier Mascherano

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