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Xavi Hernandez is one player who stands to benefit from Gerardo Martino's rotation policy
The likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets have played a lot of football, and had hardly any rest, over the past few seasons.
Even when they have appeared to not be fully fit, the Barcelona management team decreed that all must play.
Where Barca may benefit this year is from Gerardo Martino's rotation and substitution policy,
Resisting the clamour to start Neymar is a perfect example of the manager's philosophy. Keeping Busquets on the bench is another.
Why risk your stars in such games unless you feel it is absolutely necessary?
Although Sergi Roberto only had a short cameo, it's a nod to youth which was lacking when Tito Vilanova was in the hot seat.
The benefits should come towards the business end of the season, with each player still fresh and ready to meet Champions League and La Liga responsibilities full on.