XAVI BETS ON BALDE
Alejandro Balde separates the renewed Jordi Alba from Barça's XI
Against Betis, Jordi Alba added his fourth consecutive game starting from the bench. Despite the fact that he is at a good level, Xavi Hernández continues to bet on Alejandro Balde in the 'big' games
Xavi Hernández has left clear in this 2023 which is his alignment of gala in the FC Barcelona, at the same time that it has found the formula so that his team show his version more convincente on the terrain of game. On the way, it has had to take important decisions and do without some players that before seemed intocables in his plans.
The most evident case was the one of Gerard Hammered, now withdrawn, but in this season has been more than notorious how Jordi Alba, third captain of the Barça, has gone losing importance in the plans of Xavi, although in this 2023 has showed a version more than convincente and has been important in the team. Since it returned of Qatar, without going further, has delivered three assistances.
It participated in goals against the Intercity, Ceuta, both like titling, and in front of the Girona during the weekend after going out from the bench. In total, has given five in 1.283 minutes (18 parties) in which only thirteen was to title. It goes out to assistance each 256.6 minutes, with a greater average that Alejandro Balde and Marcos Alonso.
Although the figures of Alba are upper and that, in definite, has known how help to the team in what it goes of season, is far to be an indisputable headline. Mainly because Alejandro Balde, of 18 years, has left him in the bench. This season aims to be the definite transition in the left side of the Barça and the canterano will become the 'king' in this place.
The irruption of Alejandro Balde in the Barça, in this season, has been very positive and has generated an immediate impact. Lto mobility, speed and good taking of decision of the footballer are turning him into a player insustituible for Xavi Hernández, with a lot of reason. It is the left side of the future, but also of the present and the intention of the club is that it go strengthening, from already, in his place.
In Benito Villamarín went back to leave a grandísima performance that topped with the assistance to Raphinha to celebrate the goal with which the Barça opened the marker. It arrived to background line and did to arrive the spherical to the Brazilian so that it pushed it to the deepest of the network. It was not the only point resaltante, because his performance was merecedora of the 'MVP' that received.