Isaac Cuenca celebrating his first goal at the Camp Nou. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

In July this year, Isaac Cuenca began the season with Barça B, with the goal of consolidating his place in the reserve team, after his excellent loan period with Sabadell. In the previous season he was one of the key players in Sabadell’s promotion from Second Division B to Second Division A.

Isaac Cuenca couldn’t have imagined six months ago that, in the first half of the season, he would play more games with the first team than with the reserves. Cuenca made his Champions League debut against Victoria Plzen, and he’s already scored his first goals in the League and the Spanish Cup.

Guardiola’s faith

Making his first team debut was special, but the best part for Cuenca has been the faith that Pep Guardiola has shown in him. Guardiola has appreciated Cuenca’s qualities as a different type of player, since pre-season. He’s played most of his games on the right wing, from where he’s taken on defenders, and got in some great crosses, both of which have helped to break down the oppositions' defensive systems.

Cuenca has grown so much as a player that he’s even allowed himself the luxury of showing his virtuosity in first team training sessions loaded with superstars. After honing and perfecting his trade at Reus and Damm, Cuenca is back with Barça, employing the skills that set him apart at infant, junior and under-17 levels in the Masía.

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