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The 29 players used by Luis Enrique so far this season in official matches. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The 29 players used by Luis Enrique so far this season in official matches. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Barça are now in the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup, the last 16 of the Champions League, and in the thick of the title race in La Liga. With everything still on the table, Luis Enrique has at his disposal a team with a wide variety of players who have received playing time. In fact, except the injured Thomas Vermaelen, every single first team player including the three goalkeepers have minutes under their belts this season. They include 22 players, plus seven more from Barça B, brining the total to 29.

Barça B rookies

Luis Enrique has full confidence in the youth academy, made clear by the minutes he has afforded to several of the Barça B players this season. Apart from Munir and Sandro, who have been regulars in the team this season, Adama, Samper, Halilovic, Edgar Ié and Gumbau have also seen playing time.

17 different goalscorers

One other stat that jumps out is the list of scorers. With Mathieu's goal against Elche on Thursday night, the number of players who have found the net this season has swelled to 17. In all three competitions this season, goals have been scored by the following: Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Mathieu, Adama, Munir, and Sandro.

 

Luis Enrique says team are in top condition

The coach was clear in his pregame press conference before facing Elche: "We have a lot of players and have shared a lot of minutes. We're in top shape to tackle the challenges that lie ahead."


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