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Ivan Rakitic: Barca's best player in August?
Unable to play at El Madrigal because of a niggling injury, Andres Iniesta had already made his mark earlier in the month with a captain's contribution throughout pre-season.
It's very rare to find any weakness in "El Ilusionista's" game, and so it has proved this August.
Starting as he means to go on, Iniesta has been first class.
If Xavi wasn't aware of the pecking order this season, he is now.
Luis Enrique has shown that he is not frightened to leave him on the bench for the good of the side. Similarly, when he is looking for world-class midfield talent, the manager need look no further than this man.
Just to share the pitch with him must be an honour, to see his skill set at first hand would be mesmerising. He continues to be the benchmark for excellence at the club.
He scored the penalty that tied the match against Nice in Barca's second pre-season run out.
Halilovic linked up nicely with Munir and Gerard Deulofeu after coming on as substitute against Nice, his quality in possession immediately on show.
The youngster controlled play with half an hour left at Napoli without making too many inroads against the Italians, but the whispers are that here is a player for whom very big things are expected. And it's easy to see why.
For an initial transfer fee of €2.2 million, Barca could well have got themselves one of the best bargains of recent times.
A stunning La Liga debut against Elche capped off a fine start to life in Blaugrana for the Croatian. Looking every inch the player that Barca expected, he covers each blade of grass and gives every last drop of effort.
Against Villarreal, too, he personified what this Barcelona team is all about: power, pace and strength. Rakitic gives Barca an extra dimension in midfield and has been easy on the eye in all of the games he's played throughout August.
The 21-year-old has played a significant portion of Barca's games throughout August and continued to repay the faith shown in him by the manager.
Rafinha's promotion to first-team regular was never in doubt once Luis Enrique brought him back "home" after taking him on loan while in charge of Celta Vigo.
He only played the first half vs. Elche because of Javier Mascherano's red card, but he hasn't disgraced himself in any of the matches in which he has featured.
The youngster still remains somewhat on the periphery of the the first-team picture.
Despite his obvious talent, there seems to be far too much ahead of him in staffing terms for Roberto to make the impact he desires.
There's no doubting what he brings to the team, as he showed time and again during the pre-season programme, such as getting on the scoresheet against Helsinki.
However, being forced to take a back seat once the real business of La Liga starts is a bitter pill to swallow.