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With ten minutes to go, Isaac Cuenca, one of the surprises in Josep Guardiola's squad for the game against Viktoria Pilsen, was not even warming up. Five minutes later, after the Villa goal that guaranteed the win, the B team player came onto the Camp Nou pitch to make his official debut with the first team. Cuenca replaced goalscorer Villa. It was the 87th minute and the public loudly applauded both players. "It was wonderful. I'm very happy," he said after the game.

"I'll treasure my shirt"

Isaac Cuenca, who this year has returned to the Barça B team after a season on loan at the newly promoted Second Division team Sabadell, has the confidence of Josep Guardiola who's called him up for first team training sessions several times. As Cuenca trotted out on the pitch the manager instructed him to hold true to his style of football: "He told me to play my football, attack their defenders, and keep up with the team's play." Debuting for the first team in the Champions League is a sweet reward soon not forgotten by Cuenca, adding: "I'll treasure my jersey and hang it in my room." A good memento for a landmark day in the youngster's career.

"I didn't expect it"

For Isaac Cuenca the last 24 hours have been like a dream. On Tuesday, with four first team players out due to injury (Pique, Cesc, Afellay, and Alexis), he received the call to train with the first team at the Camp Nou in the penultimate session before the Champions League, along with his Barça B teammate Dos Santos. Both joined the team, and on Wednesday he was selected in the match squad. Unexpectedly, he made his debut in the final few minutes of the match: "I didn't expect it, and less in the Champions League. Everybody, technical staff and players, have congratulated me. They made me feel really good."

Cuenca added that the 2-0 scoreline did not reflect how well the team played, saying "we created lots of chances. It was a small reward compared to all the chances we had."

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