16 February 2012

Alexis marks his first team debuts with goals

The Chilean, who made his debut in the starting eleven in the Champions League, and scored, also scored in his first games in the starting eleven in la Liga and Copa del Rey.

The only exception was the Spanish Super Cup match in the Bernabeu, Alexis’ first match wearing the Barça shirt, where he failed to score.

With his two goals against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Alexis became the team’s third top scorer, behind Messi and Cesc.

Alexis Sanchez was one of the players in the starting line-up picked by Pep Guardiola for the first leg of the last 16 round of the Champions League, against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. His participation from the start of the game at the Bay Arena marked his debut as a starter in a Champions League game. The Chilean striker responded with two very important goals that allowed him to open his scoring in the top European competition.

Alexis knows how it feels to come into the starting line-up and do so well. He did it in the League against Villarreal, scoring one of the five Barça goals, and also in the Kings Cup, when in January in Pamplona he was in the starting eleven for the first time in the competition, and scored one of the goals in the win there.

On August 14th Barça played Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, and Alexis Sanchez was the surprise in the starting line-up. This is the only game where he made his debut as a starter and didn't score. In the other competitions, the European Super Cup and the World Club Championship, he either didn't play, or came on as a substitute.

Alexis Sanchez has now scored 11 goals this season, with 8 in the League, 1 in the Kings Cup, and 2 in the Champions League. The striker stands as third top scorer in the team, behind Messi (38), and Cesc (15). Alexis is only 1 goal away from equalling the goals he scored last season with Udinese, where he scored 12 in all competitions. (via FCBarcelona.com)