Arthur Melo, during a warming with the FC Barcelona before a match

HE ENTERED FOR RAKITIC IN 2nd HALF

Arthur shined in San Mamés: He generated the 2 clearest chances of Barça

Published:7/02/2020 - 09:19h

Updated:7/02/2020 - 09:19h

Although it was not decisive in the final result, Arthur Melo was important for Barca to arrive with more danger to the Athletic area. The Brazilian generated the two clearest chances of the Catalans

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The Athletic Club imposed to the FC Barcelona by a painful 1-0, thanks to a so much in the discount that still does not know if it is of Iñaki Wliiams or of Serhi Busquets in own door. The barcelonistas did not deserve lose and were better that you bilbaínos, that did not arrive with too much danger to the area of Ter Stegen. The culés yes had several options of clear goal, but did not take advantage of them and at the end finish regretting it.

The general level of all the team was well, but there were players that shined enough more than others. It is the case, for example, of Arthur Melo​, that in little more than 20 minutes on the terrain of game did more than Ivan Rakitic in 70. The Brazilian substituted to the Croatian in the 70 of the second part to try control more the meeting and look for fissures in the nourished defence of the Athletic.

To Quique Setién went out him the change fantastically well, since the ex of Guild starred the two clearer opportunities of the Barça in the second time. Almost at all more jump to the field, the '8' put him a big long balloon to Sergi Roberto, that controlled, apuró background line and gave it to him to Antoine Griezmann so that it marked from the heart of the area. The French, unfortunately for the blaugrana, did not hit in the definition and Unai Simón took it out to him with a big unemployed.

But the repertoire of Arthur still had gap for a pass of fantasy more and in the 88, when all the world thought that the meeting went to the extention, gave him to Leo Messi the 0-1. The action of the Brazilian was differential and with his pass to the space left entirely only to the rosarino, that saw as again Unai Simón took out the balloon with a paradón with the leg. The put of Vitoria was immense to avoid the defeat of his.

Although at the end, only some minutes afterwards, the Athletic attained to advance and win the eliminatory, the feelings that left the international 'canarinho' were very good. It seems that Setién wants to go putting him little by little in the dynamics of the team and trusts that it was important in what it subtracts of campaign. Any another midfield player of the Barça has his vision of game in 3/4 of field and this is something that the technician santanderino has to explode.

Arthur has to recover his best physical tone

Arthur needs to take rhythm of competition to be able to compete by a place in the eleven of the ex of the Real Betis. In the 20 minutes that was on the lawn of Saint Mamés saw him something slow in the driving and was near to lose the balloon in several occasions. It is question of time that can reach his best physical tone and recover the version that enamoró to all the culés in the first-half of the past season.

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