Puyol formed the central defensive partnership with Piqué one year later / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The Barça thrashing of Rayo Vallecano (6-0) saw the return to the pitch of the central pairing from the 6 titles season, Pique and Puyol. It was over a year since the two players formed the central pairing at the heart of the defense. Their last match togetherwas the first leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League at the San Siro last season. This year,  Pique and Puyol had been together in the starting lineup in the match played at the Amsterdam Arena, but Puyol played right back. Here are the match stats:

Piqué and Puyol finished the game without committing a single foul and lost only 4 balls between them (2 each)


Puyol played his 391st game in La Liga, equalling Migueli


Gerard Piqué was the player who won most balls (20) with Sergio Busquets second (11)


The global result of the two games against Rayo Vallecano this season is 10-0 (0-4 in Vallecas and 6-0 at the Camp Nou)


Cesc Fàbregas was the player with most passes (109) and also most completed ones (96), 88% effective


Adriano scored the first goal after only 1 minute 36 seconds, the quickest goal scored this season


Three of the four goals that Adriano has scored this season have been the first goals scored


Leo Messi scored, and with 228 goals, overtakes Di Stéfano in La Liga and equals Raúl's total


The 74.517 spectators who witnessed the thrashing was the biggest attendance of 2014


With his assist for the 4th goal, scored by Pedro, Cesc Fàbregas hs now accumulated 15 assists over the season