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The change of role of Leo Messi since the arrival of Quique Setién

Published:22/02/2020 - 08:33h

Updated:22/02/2020 - 11:59h

The arrival of Quique Setién to the FC Barcelona has caused some changes and, between them, is the one of Lionel Messi that now it plays further back

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The past month of January, the FC Barcelona decided to do without the services of Ernesto Valverde​ to do with the ones of Quique Setién, that already has directed seven parties like Barcelona trainer. During this period, already appreciate cambiso significant in the blackboard of the Cantabrian technician with regard to the one of the extremeño. And one of them are the role and the position of Leo Messi.

After the injury of Luis Suárez, expected that the Argentinian star converted possibly in a species of false '9' with more responsibility finalizadora, but his metamorfósis has been totally invested. No only it did not turn into the false '9', but even it has delayed his position several metres to convert more in a constructor of game that in a finalizador.

Although it jump in sight his new paper in the team, the own Messi stand out this change in a recent interview for Sportive World. "By here today I throw me a bit more for backwards, I try to go in a bit more at stake. I try to go in at stake, I try to create superiority in the half, to have more the ball", desveló the Argentinian star, whose versatility allows him be a decisive player was the one who was.

In addition to the maps of heat of the Argentinian, that desvelan the evident step backwards of the player in his zone of influence, also is necessary to take into account his statistics in the parties. Of the last four crashes, Leo Messi has not marked any goal but, instead, in the three last, has delivered a total of six assistances ofgoal . That is to say, it keeps on being decisive, although less finalizador.

"I have had situations in these parties and have not been able to convert, but well, is something that does not concern me", added Messi, remembering that the occasions follows them having. The FC Barcelona also will need of his goals in important parties that will arrive in the weeks to come like the Classical or the eighth of final of the Champions League against the Naples.

The step backwards of Messi, profit for others

The fact that Leo Messi was tending more to the construction of the game that to the ending is being useful so that other footballers win space up to arrive and have occasions. Antoine Griezmann has turned into the '9' of the team, whereas midfield players like Frenkie of Jong or Arturo Vidal have more spaces to incorporate from the second line.

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