Cesc and Alexis / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The Christmas holidays have drawn down the curtain on the first half of the season with Barça in fantastic shape. They've already clinched three trophies – the Spanish Super Cup, the European Super Cup and the World Club Cup, as well as making confident progress in the League and King's Cup. The arrival of Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas in the summer has given an already solid squad a touch more skill and class. The new boys have certainly made their presence felt in these first months of the season.

Sanchez shines in the Bernabéu

Despite picking up an injury in the second League match in the Anoeta, which kept him sidelined for almost two months, Alexis Sanchez is rapidly getting back to top form. His goal in the Santiago Bernabéu, the first of a great three-goal comeback against Real Madrid (1-3), is a sure sign that he's reaching his best form since joining Barça.

Messi the example to follow

The Chilean international is determined to make a success of his move to Barça and is looking to follow in the footsteps of Leo Messi. "I believe the team wants to keep on winning and this Barça team has plenty of life left in it. I'm following Messi's path – to win it all." Alexis has already become famous in his homeland, Chile. Recently, he was received in the Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago, where the First Lady, Cecilia Morel, appointed him as a goodwill ambassador for the 'Elige vivir sano' (Choose to live healthy) campaign focused on helping young people choose a healthy lifestyle. "They call me the 'Wonder Kid' thanks to sport, which was what helped me grow as a player and a person. When I was young I didn't get the opportunity to be helped."

Cesc increases goal rate

After an eight-year absence, Cesc Fabregas has returned to the Camp Nou and immediately made an impact. Within weeks of joining the Club, he had already helped to win two competitions, the Spanish Super Cup and the European Super Cup.  He scored his debut goal in a Barça shirt in Monaco and since then he has consolidated his position as one of the team's leading scorers. His 11 goals in 21 matches puts him in second place behind Messi. Cesc has scored eight in the league, one in the European Super Cup, one in the final of the World Club Cup and one in the Champions League.

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