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Araújo and Mingueza, Koeman's duo to refresh the defense

Published:17/12/2020 - 18:17h

Updated:17/12/2020 - 18:17h

Ronald Araújo and Óscar Mingueza showed in the party against the Real Sociedad that they can form a very interesting couple in the central axis of the defence

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When Ronald Koeman presented the alignment of the FC Barcelona to play against the Real Sociedad, few expected that the central axis of the defence formed it Ronald Araújo and Óscar Mingueza. Especially because Clément Lenglet was healthy, summoned and in the bench, by what was the one who had the ballots to be headline in a challenge of so much requirement like the one to confront to the leader.

But finally, Ronald Koeman bet by innovar and opt by a pair of footballers that already had played together in numerous occasions with the filial leaving equally good feelings. Finally, the performance of Ronald Araújo and Óscar Mingueza against the Real Sociedad gave him the reason to the Dutch trainer with his brave bet, since both cuajaron a big party and showed his solidity.

In total, the Uruguayan and the Catalan have played together eleven parties in the axis of the defence: 10 with the filial and one with the first team, precisely the one of the Real Sociedad. The balance is quite positive since, with both on the terrain of game, have attained seven victories, three ties and only a defeat. Of course, the ten parties that played together in the filial were the past season.

Ronald Araújo and Óscar Mingueza have the same age (21 years) but profiles and distinct situations. The Uruguayan was the elected to complete the payroll of head offices of the first team so much by Ernesto Valverde, as by Quique Setién and Ronald Koeman. His physical qualities and his tactical intelligence to be very situated and no extralimitarse liked so much that, in front of the impossibility of fichar, him conviertieron in fixed player of the first team.

Óscar Mingueza, by his part, went a 'reinforcement' of emergency when Gerard Hammered, Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araújo jointed in the infirmary of the FC Barcelona. The Catalan liked to Ronald Koeman and won his titularity so much by his good reading of the game as by his technical quality to take out the balçón played from backwards. His irruption in the first team is one very good news in front of the fault of effective.

In case it does not arrive Eric García...

The FC Barcelona sees indispensable the signing of Eric García, head office that formed in the Masia, that has consecrated in the Manchester City with 19 years and that finishes agreement in June. The idea was to advance his arrival but, by the posture of the English team, seems that it will have to postpone to January. In this case, Ronald Araújo and Óscar Mingueza will keep on being the 'salvavidas' for a defence mermada by the injuries.


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