Having qualified for the Champions League, Barcelona have decided to give a break to their first-string players and let their youngsters play in Europe’s most important tournament.
Player of the Year Lionel Messi, cental midfielders Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Cesc Fabregas and goalkeeper Victor Valdes sat out the game and Spain forward Pedro was the only regular footballer in the starting lineup.
Barca’s youngsters tried to make the best of the chance that had come their way and hammered BATE Borisov 4-0 in the Champions League Group H match on Tuesday. Youth dominated on the field as 10 of the Barcelona players were 21.4 years old on average.
Young midfielder Sergi Roberto netted the opener against the Belarus reigning champions in the 35th minute when he coolly shot past goalkeeper Aleksandar Gutor for a goal.
Teenage Martin Montoya added the second goal in the 60th minute, with Pedro getting on the scoresheet twice after that.
After the match, BATE manager Viktor Goncharenko said some of the Catalan side’s teenage players were the Messis of the future.
Undefeated Barca claimed 16 points in six games, seven points more than Italy’s champions AC Milan, matching the record set by Man U the 1998-99 season.