19 May 2012

Pinto, Piqué and Puyol most used in the cup

The goalkeeper is the only player that has played every minute (720) of FCB’s Copa del Rey campaign, while the two centre backs have only missed one match.

Leo Messi is only the tenth most used Barça player in the tournament.

Barça play the Copa del Rey Final on Friday after winning two-legged matches against Valencia, Real Madrid, Osasuna and L’Hospitalet. José Manuel Pinto is the only player who appeared in all of those matches, 720 minutes, and Víctor Valdés and the injured Afellay who played no part.

The outfield players that have contributed the most are Gerard Piqué and Carles Puyol, with six complete matches each (630 minutes). But the captain will miss the game with Athletic Bilbao with a knee injury.

One curiosity is that three times winner of the Ballon d’Or, Leo Messi, is only the tenth most used player, with 422 minutes in 6 games. After Pinto, Piqué and Puyol, the most minutes have been given to Cesc (588), Xavi (485), Thiago (465), Busquets (464), Abidal (436) and Cuenca (428). But the Argentinian’s participation has increased has the tournament has gone on, especially since the quarter finals.

In the first two rounds, in which Barça made light work of L’Hospitalet and Osasuna, Pep Guardiola gave run-outs to several reserves. Five of them have appeared in the cup this season, namely Sergi Roberto (150), Tello (145), Dos Santos (135), Montoya (90) and Rafinha (15). (via FCBarcelona.cat)