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Andres Iniesta and Xavi are joined by Ivan Rakitic and Sergi Roberto in midfield.
Simply unplayable at times, "El Illusionista" has become the conduit through which any good play from the Catalans filters.
One of the first names on the team sheet, only injury will deny him permanent residency from a Barca starting line-up.
Barely a weakness to his game, the failure of the Spanish national team in Brazil will sharpen his appetite for success at club level.
What a buy Ivan Rakitic could turn out to be for the Catalans.
Captain and talisman for previous club Sevilla, he led them all the way to European glory in his last game for the club.
For €15 million, Barca have managed to secure a player approaching his prime, and as he's already shown in pre-season, one who will be a real asset to the midfield.
Goals, assists, work-rate...the Croatian has it all in abundance.
A slight drop-off in performance, and a less dynamic role than previously, shouldn't detract from how important Xavi Hernandez will be in this Barcelona side.
No longer able to withstand the rigours of 60-plus games per season, the difference he makes is still immediately evident when he is in-situ.
A disappointing World Cup saw him retire from the international scene, and but for the intervention of Luis Enrique, Barcelona fans would've seen the last of a player that Barney Ronay of The Guardian describes thus:
Xavi has won 25 major trophies, made more than 180 assists for more than 50 team-mates at Barcelona, and has over the last six years passed the ball more than anybody else, run more than anybody else, and basically played more football than any other human being anywhere.
Enjoy him whilst you can.
Thiago Alcantara's younger sibling is enjoying his homecoming it would seem.
Enrique obviously liked what he saw from the youngster while managing him at Celta Vigo, and it was an easy choice to bring him back to Camp Nou upon the completion of his loan spell.
Tough and uncompromising, but with a great engine and an abundance of skill, Rafinha brings yet another dimension to the Blaugrana. Perhaps the only true box-to-box player in the squad.
A craft honed in the halls of La Masia, as he has shown in pre-season, the player will have no problems adapting when called upon.
Make or break this season for Sergi Roberto and up against those exponents listed above, you wouldn't bet against this being another disappointing campaign for the youngster.
Easy on the eye and with a pleasing style of play when on the ball, there is no escaping the feeling that there is just a little something missing from Roberto's game.
Odd minutes here and there's evidence of a player who has never really won the confidence of those in charge of the club.
He needs to grasp any opportunities with both hands.