Collage of Ter Stegen, Jordi Alba, Gerard Piqué and Sergiño Dest


The 1x1 of Barça's goalkeepers and defenders since Xavi's arrival

Published:26/01/2022 - 12:12h

Updated:26/01/2022 - 12:58h

Xavi Hernández is changing a lot of things since he came to the FC Barcelona bench and little by little he is leaving his mark on the team. In 'FCBN' we have analyzed how the arrival of the coach has affected the three goalkeepers and all the defenders of the squad

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In spite of having lost two titles in little more than a week with the defeats in the Supercopa of Spain and the Glass of Rey, the arrival of Xavi Hernández to the FC Barcelona has been a blow of cool air for the club and for the own staff. The technician has gone back to the club of his life with new ideas, many win to work and a lot of patience, and little by little goes reflecting his libreto in the lawn. The feelings from his arrival in November are not all the good that they could have been, but there is not doubt that from his return the barcelonismo breathes a lot of more illusion.

This emotion that there is between the fans seems that it also is in the own changing room, that is with him to 100% from the first day. Thus, there are footballers have improved his level since it arrived and others that already were playing to good level with Ronald Koeman that follow doing it with the one of Terrassa. Nevertheless, also there is the one who is not giving the level with the new míster, that like all the trainers has his filias and his phobias regarding the election of players. In 'FCBN' have decided to analyse one to one the performance of the three goalkeepers and of all the defences of the Barcelona in a series of reports that will continue with the midfield players and the forwards.

Ter Stegen

The German goalkeeper began the season with Koeman with a lot of doubts, the same that finished the past. Luckily, his course is going of less to more and at last seems that it has gone back to be this porterazo that does no so much was considered the best or one of the three better of the world. Although even with Xavi has committed some error, his tarpaulins have weighed much more that his failures. The arrival of the egarense has seated him of fear to the germano, that has gone back to be the 'angel of saves it' of the Barça.


The alone Brazilian has played against the Linares since the ex of the To the Sadd landed in the Prat in November of the 2021. Although the Glass of the King is used to to be the tournament that plays almost always the second goalkeeper, the one of Terrassa did not want to do without Ter Stegen in the eighth of final in front of the Athletic. The '1' went out of start and snatched him to the ex of Valencia the possibility to follow playing. The Barça, besides, was deleted, by what the only option that it Walled have some minute in what it subtracts of campaign is that the German lesione or was expelled.

Iñaki Crag

The canterano has not premièred this season with the first team and is very little likely that do it sometime having to Net and Ter Stegen by in front. Only it has contested nine parties with the Barça B this year and comments that it could go out yielded before the closing of this market of winter. In Spain the Granada carries time asking after he, although also it says that has an offer of the Galatasaray.

Dani Alves

The Brazilian plays in the Barcelona precisely thanks to his trainer and excompañero, that was the one who asked him in what Joan Laporta said him that there was option of ficharle. Although the age does not forgive and in defence has suffered against as what rival by physicist, is being indisputable for his technician since it began the 2022. In attack still can mark differences thanks to his centres and in exit of ball is all what looks for the míster in a side. It has played four of the five duels in which it has been available, being headline in the four, and seem to be the favourite of the technician for the right-handed lane.

Ronald Araújo

The charrúa already was the best defender of the Barça with Koeman and has not left to be it with Xavi. In fact, during the first weeks of the of Terrassa in the charge, Araújo was the joker for the saga and played several meetings of right side by the injuries of Sergiño Dest and Sergi Roberto. His invalid offensive vocation did that this experiment fracasara, but like head office, put in which it already seems indisputable, yes is marking the difference. It finish agreement in 2023 and still has to renew, by what to attain his continuity the club will have to put him a wage chord to his role in the team.

Gerard Hammered

The '3' keep on being indisputable with the Catalan trainer, the same that it went it with Ronald Koeman. Xavi has left clear that trusts he and everything aims that it goes to be followed being important at least until final of course. Although it has lost speed, keeps on being a defender of guarantees and is giving a level more than remarkable in the majority of crashes. It will be necessary to see, nevertheless, what happens with him when it recover Eric García, that before lesionarse seemed to have won the confidence of the technician and that was giving a good level.

Jordi Alba

The left-handed side is being surely the most discussed defence of the team this season. His performance this course is not being the one who expects of a titularísimo of the Barcelona and he same has had to go out to the step of the criticisms recently. It has failed in several played that finish costing goals and in defence is being quite surpassed. In spite of everything, Xavi sees him like indisputable, but so much he like the entity see necessary fichar in this month of January another carrilero so that there is competition in this side. The míster does not trust Alejandro Balde like acting and comments that Nicolás Tagliafico could arrive to the Camp Nou this week. If the Argentinian arrived, Alba will have to recover his best level if it wants to follow keeping his place in the eleven.

Eric García

The Catalan arrived at the beginning of season in search to rejuvenate the Barcelona saga. With 20 years, did not enjoy of the total confidence with Koeman in his final stage like trainer, but the landing of Xavi in the Camp Nou has given him a twist of 180 degrees to his importance inside eleven. The ex Manchester City began being headline in the two first crashes of the ex of the To the-Sadd, but did not convince and was acting in the two following. Luckily, little by little it won his confidence and chained four titularities followed giving a good level. Unfortunately, when better was and when it had settled in the eleven, suffered an injury that has kept him moved away of the fields from 8 January. Still it has for several weeks, but expects that when it go back follow having a paper stood out in the team.

Sergiño Dest

One of the signings insignia of the management of Koeman in 2020. Pertinent of the Ajax, the North American outlined like the right side of the future for the FC Barcelona, that looked for a spare generacional in several of his rows. Nevertheless, with the arrival of the egarense to the bench, and 15 months after his signing, the born in Almere has not been able to win a place in the management of the new trainer. Xavi does not believe in the attributes of Dest like right side, and has given him more opportunities to Dani Alves, a veteran 17 greater years. By the moment, the future of the American in Catalonia is uncertain, and already has been in the ramp of exit in several occasions.

Clément Lenglet

In 2018 it arrived from Seville like one of the central with more projection of LaLiga, although little by little his rhythm of game and defensive solidity has gone mermando. Xavi has offered him opportunities, but always from the bench of acting, and does not see it like an indispensable piece inside the plantel. With 26 years, the French has contested grieve 241 minutes with his new míster, being headline only twice, and could have his committed future with the entity blaugrana. In spite of this, his more than five million annual euros of wage and his agreement until 2026 have him armoured, but the club is not denied to listen offers.

Samuel Umtiti

Of the most criticised players by the fans culé. The French does not possess the confidence of Xavi and is very far of his best version, that that had before the World-wide of Russia 2018. With 28 years, has gone down his value of market considerably, having a cost of hardly two million euros according to 'Transfermarkt'. His very high wage forced to the Barça to renegotiate the conditions of his agreement, achieving that it reduced it to him considerbalemente in return to renew until 2026, with a clause for 'cut' the deal in 2023. The egarnese does not have he and up to now only has given him 90 minutes in front of Osasuna. The idea of the club and of the trainer was that it went out in January yielded, but his injury has prevented it. It will be of drop several months and in summer will look for him an exit.

Óscar Mingueza

Servant in the bases of the filial of the club since were 16 years old, the Catalan obtained his index card of the first team during the period of Ronald Koeman, the one who looked for a new talent that offered spare in the saga. However, his participations have not been stood out, although it has fulfilled in the majority of the stages. From the arrival of the of Terassa to the bench, Mingueza has served of spare and of 'patch' in more than an opportunity by the bands. It has contested a total of 290 minutes with Xavi, divided in alone four meetings, and his future could be far of the Camp Nou.

Alejandro Balde

Álex Balde is one of the youngsters of the categorias inferior of the club that want to do with a place inside the first team. With Koeman had a totally secondary paper and therefore it seemed that with Xavi could win weight in the team. However, the role of the carrilero left-handed with the egarense has been even more marginal that with the Dutch and only has played a minute to his orders. This minute, besides, went of left-handed extreme, leaving clear that the technician does not trust he like side. It says that the Barça wants to 'plant him' yielded in the Ajax in the 'operation Tagliafico' so that it win experience.

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