Mathieu during the game against Nic

Mathieu during the game against Nice/ PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ- FCB

Jérémy Mathieu and Ivan Rakitic made their Barça debuts – the French defender played the first hour, whilst the Croatian midfieder  played the whole of the second half.

Marc-André ter Stegen was the only Barça to stay on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes.

Barça won back possession 51 times to Nice’s 47.

Jérémy Mathieu and Jordi Alba  the two players who won back most possession or Barça with 7 interventions.

Luis Enrique’s side dominated possession with  62% during the 90 minutes.

The hosts failed to win a single corner, whilst Barça’s pressure won them eight.

Rafinha made his first appearance in a Barça shirt since May 29 2013, when he played 66  minutes of the Catalan Cup final. His last official game for the Club was in the group phase of the 2012/13 Champions League, when he played nearly an hour against Benfica.

Xavi was on the scoresheet again, bagging his first goal since March 2014, when he scored in the league game against Almeria.

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