Xavi's passing stats put Manchester City trio in the shade

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The Barcelona schemer completed as many passes as the hosts' top three in that field during the Spaniards' 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium.

To compound Manchester City's already evident misery still further, there was a statistic which emerged off the back of their 2-0 defeat to Barcelona which made for grim reading.

The official UEFA statistics recorded Xavi, Barcelona's craftsman-in-chief at the hub of the midfield, completed 123 passes during the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at the Etihad Stadium, illustrating the sheer brilliance of Barca's display in seeing off the Premier League title chasers.

To put his passing into some sort of perspective, it makes for pleasant reading for Barca fans and less so for the City faithful when you consider his sum is matched only when adding together the totals of City's top three passers.

On the night, Yaya Toure completed the most, with 43 while defenders Vincent Kompany and Gaël Clichy both completed 40 apiece.

City's efforts paled in comparison with the Barca talisman who was one of the principal reasons behind the Spanish side's monopolisation of the ball, epitomised by the further statistic of Gerardo Martino's men completing 753 of their passes while the home side made just 325.

It is hardly a damning indictment of what was a worthy City performance on the night, but it points towards the task they face when they head to the Nou Camp for the return leg in three weeks' time.

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