Ansu Fati warms with Barça

PERSONAL CHALLENGE FOR THE '10'

Ansu Fati's momentous challenge in San Mamés

Published:9/03/2023 - 20:55h

Updated:9/03/2023 - 22:29h

FC Barcelona visits Athletic Club in San Mamés this Sunday and Ansu Fati is one of the players in the spotlight. He has a golden opportunity to "get over himself" and leave behind a bad streak in the field of the "lions"

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The visit of the FC Barcelona to the Athletic Club, this Sunday from the 21:00 hours (CET), will be special for Ansu Fati, the one who is living a complicated moment in this season because, although it has left backwards the injuries that have him 'condemned' in these last years, the '10' has not achieved to settle in the plans of Xavi Hernández and has finished 'frustrated'.

In Saint Mamés has a new opportunity for reinvindicarse, because probably it will see minutes and, in fact, could be headline. However, it is a stadium that brings him very bad memories and in which it has not achieved to win never. In his last visit, in January of 2022 by the eighth of final of the Glass of Rey, fell lesionado and went back to his nightmare 'personal'. Has a grandísimo challenge by in front.

Two visits to Saint Mamés, two defeats for Ansu Fati

Between all the subject of the injuries, are very few the parties that has been able to play Ansu Fati with the Barça. This season has been the only in which it has been able to have more regularity, but does not have 'exploded' and, of moments, happens unobserved. In Saint Mamés, his history has not been positive, all the contrary. It has visited it twice, both by Glass of Rey, without successes.

The first was in his 'promotion' to the elite in the season 2019-2020, in which a goal of Iñaki Williams sentenced the elimination of the Barça, in that then trained by Quique Setién. The second, in January of the past year, finish with an unlucky injury for Ansu Fati that it finish him commanding out of the terrains of game by 99 days (and 19 parties). In this opportunity, in eighth, the Barcelona group fell defeated by 3-2.

An injury that changed the plans of Ansu Fati

The injury that suffered in Saint Mamés, on 20 January, has been one of the hardest for the attacker of 20 years. It came to recover of an injury in the biceps femoral of the left thigh that had left him 'KO' by 65 days. It had reappeared in the Classical of the Supercopa of Spain, in Riad, against the Real Madrid and annotated a goal in the defeat 2-3. The feelings were good, but only 'held' eight days.

Going back to Saint Mamés. The visit of the culés, by the eighth of the Glass, went 8 days after his comeback. The intention was to go very slow with Ansu and that it was playing little by little, by what Xavi decided to give entrance to the '10' to the hour of party to inject energy to the Barça with the 1-1 in the marker, although this time was not sufficient. Iñigo Martínez increased the advantage in the 86' and, in the 93', Pedri González forced the extention.

The problem was that, to the six minutes of the extratiempo, Ansu Fati asked the change. The club confirmed that it suffered a muscular injury in the biceps femoral of the left thigh. It was the second grave injury of the season that forced him to be in the infirmary until mediated of May, when the course already was for finishing and that supposed, in definite, a new 'hit' for the career of the player formed in The Masia. Now, in a new visit to Saint Mamés, can change the course of his history.

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