Not since Pep Guardiola’s era did the midfield chip in with as many goals as in Barcelona’s current campaign.
With so many new midfield players, that part of the pitch is undergoing a bit of a reinvention, and in front of goal the team is contributing more than enough to keep Luis Enrique satisfied.
Not since 2011/12 had the midfield netted so many goals, as Arda Turan is currently sitting in third with 11 goals to his name.
With 22 of 74 coming from the team’s second line, Barcelona will hope that type of efficiency will continue against Athletic Club in the cup.
Los Leones already know full well of what Barcelona’s midfield is capable of, since it was Ivan Rakitic who scored a lone goal to give the Catalans the win the last time the two sides met.
With the front three only training a few times before the key Copa del Rey encounter, perhaps Barcelona will need to rely on their midfielders even more than usual for this match in particular.