The two untouchables for Xavi’s Barcelona in 2024 – report

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 24: Fermin Lopez (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates with his team mates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the LaLiga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona and Getafe CF at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on February 24, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.
Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

It is thanks to the unrelenting devotion of the players of Barcelona that helps the club still remain relevant. While certain complaints have been made of the same players for certain displays, their commitment remains absolute. For Barcelona, it is through this very commitment that the club continues to compete.

However, certain superstars still manage to stand out more than others with the amount of effort they put in. Most of the time, they are left with no other option as the Barcelona coaches decide which players get to play and which players are to be rested.

Despite this fact, the same players have to be commended for giving their all every time they step onto the pitch. As highlighted by Mundo Deportivo, however, two stars in particular stand out the most for warranting praise based on their dedication to Barça’s cause in 2024.

Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong and French defender Jules Kounde have both been untouchable for Xavi this year. In terms of minutes, they have played every single minute for Barcelona this season without rest. All the 1290 minutes and beyond that were there to compete in saw both of the two Barça stars there for them.

De Jong has also been given a new system by Xavi to excel more with his creative skills. By deploying Andreas Christensen as the pivot for the team, the Dutchman is allowed a lot more freedom to roam and explore on the field, allowing him to further make use of his great progressive qualities.

Kounde, on the other hand, has mainly been deployed as a right-back. On a few occasions, three to be exact, he did end up being used as a central defender. These included the games against Real Madrid, Unionistas de Salamanca, and Las Palmas.

In terms of minutes played overall this season for FC Barcelona, Ilkay Gundogan remains on top. The German midfielder has reached a total of 3018 minutes under his belt.

Jules Kounde comes in second with 2810 minutes. De Jong, on the other hand, comes in at fifth place on the list with a total of 2284 minutes, which is still impressive given that he was injured for quite some time this season.

The Latest

Ex-defender can help Barcelona to retain Atletico Madrid loanee

The weak financial conditions of FC Barcelona mean the Catalans will have to generate a significant amount of income before being able to make...

Barcelona captain responds to teammate’s criticism following PSG match

The elimination of FC Barcelona from the UEFA Champions League after their defeat against Paris Saint Germain has led to a lot of tension...

La Liga side interested in 18-year-old Barcelona forward

Although Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi have taken most of the spotlight, there have been several youngsters who made a leap during this season...

Barcelona open talks for homegrown pivot’s renewal – Romano

With their season almost over, FC Barcelona are already focusing their attention on work beyond the pitch, as they start planning for the upcoming...

Post-match chaos: Barcelona and PSG players clash in tunnel

The match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg was a highly tense affair. The history...

Clarification: Spain star’s father meets with Barcelona Director, but for Senegalese prodigy

Although he has not yet made his first-team debut under Xavi, the FC Barcelona youngster Mikail Faye has been playing at a very impressively...

Brazilian Real Madrid star a doubt for the match against Barcelona

The UEFA Champions League quarter-final round could not have been more painful for FC Barcelona. The Catalans were not only eliminated from the competition...

Barcelona director meets with €50m-rated Bundesliga star’s entourage

The aftermath of their Champions League exit could end up being a massive catalyst for FC Barcelona. Changes in the locker room could be...

Barcelona defender responds to Gundogan’s criticism following PSG defeat

FC Barcelona were unable to get a victory in one of the most significant matches for them this season, as the Catalans fell to...