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Rakitic, Arda and Rafinha amongst the goals

FC Barcelona's midfield has started the 2016/17 LaLiga season with its shooting boots on. The seven midfielders in the squad have scored a total of nine goals so far, with these goals contributing 28% of the team's total this season in the league.

Rafinha has five and both Arda and Rakitic have two and these goals have contributed to Barça's midfield being the second highest scoring in a decade. The only midfield ahead of them is the 2011/12 squad which had scored ten by this point: Fabregas had five, Xavi four and Thiago one. Taking into account the fact that the majority of Barça's goals tend to come from the fearsome attacking trident, with 20 so far this season, it is important to recognise the midfielders contribution. The nine goals equal the statistics for the 2014/15 season and dwarf last season's figures of no goals scored from midfield at this stage of the season.

Crucial opening strikes

These goals have come at crucial times. Five of the nine strikes have helped Barça score their first goal of the game and have helped the team win difficult fixtures. Rafinha and Rakitic have opened the scoring in four games and in two of them, Athletic v FCB (1-0) and FCB v Granada (1-0) their goals have been enough to secure three crucial points in the league.

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Arda scores the first against Betis

The Turk started with a bang. Whilst Neymar Jr was still playing for Brazil at the Olympic Games, Arda Turan replaced him excellently with assists and goals. His goal was the first of the season for the Catalans.

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Rakitic with the winner at San Mamés

An excellent Rakitic header was enough to take home all three points from San Mamés. This ground is always a difficult one to visit and an exhilarating game was won by a single goal from the Croatian. 

 

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Rafinha opens his account

Rafinha's first goal in the leauge came against Leganés. Barça won this away game convincincly with a final score of 5-1.   

 

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Rakitic earns Barça a point

Rakitic showed once more how good he is with his head against Atlético Madrid. The Croation midfielder scored to make it 1-1 before the break having gone behind to the team from Madrid. His goal earned Barça a valuable point in a tough game. 

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Arda and Rafinha goalscorers in Gijón

The two midfielders got themselves on the scoresheet in another comprehensive victory in this seasons LaLiga. This time Barça went to El Molinón and won 5-0 with one each for Rafinha and Turan.

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Rafinha's first double

Barça's number 12 scored twice in one game for the first time in his career. The strikes helped the Catalans beat Deportivo de la La Corunya 4-0 at the Camp Nou.  

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Rafinha's form continues

In a very tight game Rafinha made the difference. The Brazilian scored with an overhead kick in the games only goal and it gave Barça a 1-0 victory at home to Granada.


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