There’s only one untouchable in the Barcelona team this season under new manager Ronald Koeman and it’s not the widely expected result according to Spanish newspaper Marca. It was revealed that club skipper and talisman Lionel Messi is not the lone untouchable in the current team under Dutch tactician Koeman.

It was stated that Dutch international Frenkie de Jong is the only untouchable in the Barcelona team as he has been the only constant in the starting line-up for Ronald Koeman since the start of the season. He has played from the start in all the games played by Barcelona this season in both the Spanish La Liga and the Champions League. In total, the former Ajax Amsterdam midfielder has amassed 890 minutes under his belt since Ronald Koeman was appointed as the new manager.

Ronald Koeman was very vocal about his dislike for squad rotation upon his appointment in the summer, but this doesn’t mean that he has not made changes to his squad on a regular basis. The Dutchman has repeated the same starting team in just two games and that was the consecutive La Liga games against Villarreal and Celta Vigo.

After Frenkiede Jong, the most important players for Ronald Koeman are Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Ansu Fati and Pedri.

Messi has played 855 minutes from the total 900 minutes as he missed 45 minutes of the last league game, a 5-2 win at home to Real Betis. He came off the bench for the injured Fati at the half-time interval and went on to score two goals plus an assist.

Fati sustained a long-term knee injury in that game and he won’t be available for the next four months as a result. Sergio Busquets is also injured and would be out for a while due to that injury picked up on national team duty.