Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal were both officially registered as FC Barcelona players on Monday 4 January and the Turk and the Catalan have had to wait just two days to make their debuts in a Barça shirt. After a wait of five months due to the FIFA ban, the two players’ most awaited moment arrived in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 16 tie against Espanyol.
Turan was included in the starting line up by Luis for the game at Camp Nou and played 67 minutes before being replaced by Ivan Rakitic. For his part, Aleix Vidal began the match on the bench, finally making an appearance in the 68th minute, coming on to replace Dani Alves. Both players played their part in the excellent 4-1 win with Leo Messi the star of the show. The Argentine scored twice and created goals for Piqué and Neymar to give Turan, Aleix Vidal and the rest of his team mates an excellent chances of making it to the quarter-finals with the second leg to come against Espanyol next Wednesday.