Samuel Umtiti in an action with Gareth Bleat

MASCHERANO And VERMAELEN, IRREGULAR

It can remain the lame Barcelona in the defence?

Published:29/08/2017 - 16:59h

Updated:29/08/2017 - 16:59h

The more than possible cession of Marlon Santos to the Nice leaves to the Barça with hardly four central defences: I Hammered, Umtiti, Mascherano and Vermaelen, that would have convinced to Ernesto Valverde in spite of the injuries. Sufficient?

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Ernesto Valverde has done enough upsetting in the preparation of the staff in the last press conferences. The 'Txingurri' said, after the victory in Vitoria, that "expect to have a more competitive team on 31 August". The message, with polite tone, was very clear. And the directive will have to move in this last week if it does not want to see to the public of the Camp Nou got angry.

And as a result of the last informations on one more than possible cession of Marlon Santos to the Nice, ask us if the team would remain a bit take in the defence -in the central, especially-. If the Brazilian finish leaving to the French team there would be so only four defenders.

I hammered and Umtiti -unquestionably the couple of central-, Mascherano and Vermaelen, that would have convinced to Ernesto Valverde in spite of being liable to the injuries. An evident risk, because if lesionan one of the headlines, Mascherano is not to the best level to measure to rivals of entity and Vermaelen generates a lot of doubts.

Marlon is green and a cession to a competitive team and to a physically demanding league will come him well to win confidence and follow with his progression. But the reality is that the Barça will have a defence that raises logical suspicacias.

Or Yerri Mina already will come in January?

Claro that all this speech changes radically if in the market of winter arrives to Barcelona the central Yerri Mina, a Colombian that would be tied by the Barcelona directive from does weeks. Power, physicist and a lot of projection of future that would reinforce the defence and would resolve the debate, since it would arrive for the decisive stretch. Until then, to expect… and to that anybody lesione.

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