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Mascherano in awe of Barca team-mates

29 September 2012 12:15

Javier Mascherano has revealed his admiration for his long-serving Barcelona team-mates and refuted any notion of a rift in the squad.

Argentine Mascherano joined Barca from Liverpool in 2010, and was largely expected to compete with Sergio Busquets for the holding midfield slot.

However, the 28-year old has since been converted to a central defensive berth where he has featured regularly, but claims he is still not a major player compared to more illustrious colleagues.

"Cases like Xavi, (Carles) Puyol, Leo (Messi), and (Andres) Iniesta are different (from the rest of the squad)," he told Sport Journal.

"They are the heart of this team, the most important.

"It's like a movie, (with major and lesser actors). Everyone is needed, but they should know their place. I am happy with my position and do not intend to occupy a role more important than my current one."

The former Corinthians player went on to dismiss any suggestions of a feud between team-mates Messi and David Villa, who engaged in a heated argument during Barcelona's recent victory over Granada.

"When things aren't going the way we want them to, we each have different ways of reacting," he said.

"It's been (blown out of proportion). These are normal things."

Barcelona will look to maintain their 100 percent record in La Liga this season when they travel to Sevilla tonight.

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2 - 3

Competition
Primera División
Date
29 September 2012
Game week
6
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 3

Goals

1 - 0
Negredo 48'
(assist by G. Medel) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
53' Fàbregas
 (assist by Pedro)
2 - 2
89' Fàbregas
 (assist by L. Messi)
2 - 3
90'+3 David Villa
 (assist by L. Messi)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
3
4
21
24 90+5'
12
15 26'
7
11 28'
8 72'
9 48'
Coach: Míchel
# Player Bookings
1
2
18
14
4 53' 89'
6
25
16 70'
10
9
17 75'
Coach: Tito Vilanova

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
14
22
16
2
6
13
20
# Player Bookings
37
11
7 90+3'
13
15
19
28

Wednesday 17 September

Tuesday 16 September

23:50
23:46
23:42
23:23
23:06
23:05
22:57
22:50
22:49
22:44
22:38
22:36
22:05
21:07
21:04
20:56
20:48
20:28
19:50
19:46
19:38
19:27
19:09
19:09
18:40
17:51
17:33
17:28
16:58
16:40
16:39
16:20
15:58
14:42
14:33
14:27
14:26
13:57
12:49
12:22
10:21
10:13
09:44
09:32
06:58
06:43
06:03
05:59
05:37
05:20
04:08
03:37
03:17
03:11
02:53
01:21
01:16
00:36
00:32

Monday 15 September

23:54
23:22
23:10
22:54
22:42
22:03
21:59
21:23
21:05
20:50
20:33
20:05
19:32
18:59
18:54
18:22
18:05
17:55
17:55
17:11
17:05
16:51
16:29
16:25
15:49
15:23
14:53
14:44
14:33
14:30
14:10
14:01
13:47
13:12
13:06
12:41
12:34
12:20
11:25
11:15
10:51
10:17
10:17
09:58
09:51
09:39
09:38
09:04
07:07
07:03
05:59
05:01
04:45
04:03
03:08
03:03
02:54
01:31
01:06
00:21

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +6 9
2 3 +5 7
3 3 +3 7
4 3 +2 7
5 3 +2 5

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