Xavi brings Luuk de Jong and Dani Alves to life

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Despite the disappointing draw away at Granada on Saturday, Barcelona will be pleased to see an improvement to the form of Luuk de Jong while the return of Dani Alves has given them another option at full-back.

De Jong struggled in the first half of the campaign but, in the new year, he has scored twice in as many games, given the Catalans a much needed reference point in attack.

In the case of Dani Alves, his debut against Linares in the Copa del Rey was backed up with another good performance at Granada, showing that, even at 38 years of age, he can still be a dependable outlet.

The January transfer window has opened but Barcelona’s pulling power is very much limited due to their financial woes, so the veteran duo’s form is pivotal to achieving their goals in what remains of the campaign.

De Jong scored the winner at Mallorca last week, and as well as his goals, the striker is showing that he is eager and confident to help the team.

His rise to form comes at a time when he is being linked with a January departure, as well as the arrival of another forward in the form of Ferran Torres.

Dani Alves: The oldest player in Barcelona’s history

Dani Alves’ appearance at Granada at 38 years and 247 days makes him the oldest player to play for Barcelona in LaLiga Santander.

He takes that particular landmark away from former goalkeeper Pinto, who featured for the Catalans at 38 years and 190 days.

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