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Messi, Alves and Iniesta celebrate a goal against City next to a corner flag at the Camp Nou

Messi, Alves and Iniesta celebrating the second goal/ PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB

After the disappointment in Valladolid, Barça bounced back in style with their  2-1 win over City on Wednesday night. Below we look at some of the facts and figures the game threw up:

  • Xavi (88), Iniesta (76) and Busquets (66) completed the most successful passes
  • Piqué won back most possession with 12 interventions.
  • Messi and Alves were again the Barça scorers – just as they had been at the Etihad a fortnight earlier.
  • Dani Alves has scored four goal so far this season to take his total with the Club to 20. His best season so far was the 2008/09 campaign when he scored five times.
  • Leo Messi has scored in eight of the team’s last nine games.
  • The Argentinean has started the last 10 games, Busquets the last seven.
  • Cesc picked up his fourth yellow card of the competition and is now just one off suspension.
  • Manuel Pellegrini has failed to beat Barça in his last 14 games against the Catalans, with 12 defeats and two draws to his name.
  • FC Barcelona have matched Manchester United (1997-03) and Real Madrid (1998-04) in reaching the Champions League quarter finals for seven successive seasons.
  • On each of the four occasion Barça have come into a game on the back of a league defeat this season, they have won beating Cartagena (1-4) after losing to Athletic Club (1-0), Real Sociedad (2-0) after the defeat to Valencia (2-3), Almeria (4-1) following the game against Real Sociedad (3-1)and City (2-1) four days after losing in Valladolid (1-0).
  • The quarter final draw will be held on Friday March 21

 

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