Martín Zubimendi disputing for a ball with Jules Koundé


'Master class' by Zubimendi, the midfielder that Xavi still wants for his Barça

Published:5/11/2023 - 10:12h

Updated:5/11/2023 - 10:12h

Real Sociedad ended up losing in stoppage time against FC Barcelona (0-1) in another great display by Martín Zubimendi. The midfielder confirmed why he is considered the best in LaLiga in his position and Xavi Hernández does not lose hope of signing him

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Martín Zubimendi was to the height in the agónica defeat of the Real Sociedad in front of the FC Barcelona (0-1). In spite of remaining with the empty hands, the mediocentro of 24 years completed a big performance, being the leader of the centre of the field donostiarra that, literally, cancelled the game culé during almost 90 minutes in Anoeta. At the end, the Barça carried the three points with a golazo of Ronald Araújo in the discount, but the superiority of the venues was remarkable.

From the beginning, Zubimendi took the reins 'tuxiri urdines' combining with Mikel Merino and Brais Méndez for arrinconar to the Barça in his field. Neither Gavi neither Gündogan attained to do with the control of the balloon thanks to the good work of the of San Sebastián and his mates in the pressure, isolating to Joao Cancel and Fermín López to avoid that they connected with Joao Félix and Robert Lewandowski. After a half initial hour asfixiante, only Ter Stegen could contain the local attacks.

Zubimendi Also tested the reflections of Ter Stegen

In the complement, the physical wear happened bill to the ones of Imanol Bailiff, but Zubimendi went back to create danger with a shot of long distance that tested the reflections of the captain culé. In total, Martín completed 41 passes, with an effectiveness of the 85 % and a finish to door in 90 minutes in which it made a pair of faults, one of them sanctioned with yellow on the end by an agarrón to Raphinha.

For the '4' of the Real, went a new frustration home in front of a Barça that has trying, without success, convince him to take the relief of Sergio Busquets. The player of 24 years has agreement until 2027 and has left very clear that his intention is to be still in the Basque group, whereas the managerial donostiarra insists in his clause of rescission (60 'kilos') as only mount acceptable to leave him go. In the meantime, Xavi Hernández will follow sighing by the one who considers like the ideal player to be the '5' culé on a long-term basis.

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