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Cristian Tello: Brace Against Zaragoza Will Give Vilanova Headache

ZARAGOZA, SPAIN - APRIL 14:  Christian Tello of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Zaragoza at La Romareda on April 14, 2013 in Zaragoza, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2013

From the first minute, it looked like Cristian Tello meant business against Real Zaragoza on Sunday night.

His first touch inside 60 seconds was delicious, and, even though the shot didn't work the keeper Roberto, the tone had been set.

Wonderful performances from the 21-year-old are becoming more and more common. Over two weeks ago in the draw with Celta Vigo, he scored one and created the other—his contribution was so good that Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo suggested he would start the Champions League tie in Paris.

He didn't, but after another glittering performance inside La Romareda, Tito Vilanova is facing a selection headache ahead of the upcoming blockbusters against Bayern Munich.

The scariest thing about him is his lightning pace. It was on display in both of his goals as Barcelona recorded a 3-0 win against a Zaragoza side, which have slipped into the bottom three.

A one-two with Thiago Alcantara—another player with a big future—found Tello inside the Zara box, and he opened up to finish in a manner not too dissimilar to former Barca man Thierry Henry.

The Frenchman would also approved of his second finish. A mismatch in pace saw him easily drift past Glenn Loovens, and once again he showed the finishing capabilities of a man full of confidence. His shooting is an aspect of his game which is beginning to look vastly improved.

He has now scored eight goals this season, and against Zaragoza he was ever willing to take on a shot when possible.

Out of five attempts (via squawka.com), three hit the target, and he attempted two efforts from outside the area—surefire signs of a young man enjoying a purple patch.

But it is that blistering pace which could prove most beneficial to La Blaugrana

In a style where passing is king, the outlet of Tello could prove an interesting option when Barca find themselves struggling to knock down defensive walls.

He's still developing, although he's not shy in taking on his man. Against Zaragoza he attempted to take opposition players on seven occasions. He only completed two dribbles successfully, but on one of those occasions it led to a goal—that's all it takes (via squawka.com).

After that performance against Celta Vigo at the end of March, Alexis Sanchez was preferred over him in the starting 11 at the Parc des Princes.

If the decision was tough for Tito then, it's only getting tougher.

While Lionel Messi and Pedro Rodriguez struggle for fitness, the other attacking options—Cesc Fabregas, David Villa and Sanchez—all struggle to go on a run of form that lasts longer than 180 minutes.

Tello adds young legs which happen to be extremely fast, he adds an ever keener eye for goal and he could add the surprise factor when Barcelona could most need it.

Over to you, Senor Vilanova.


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