7 PLAYERS FOR 3 PLACES
The overbooking in midfield, problem for Valverde this season
Published:4/09/2019 - 21:05h
Updated:4/09/2019 - 21:06h
FC Barcelona has seven midfielders for only three places and that could be a problem for Valverde this season. The culé coach will have to juggle so that there are no problems between those who play less minutes
The staff of the FC Barcelona has 21 official index cards of the first team and practically bends the positions in all the parts of the field. Ernesto Valverde did not want to surpass the 21-22 footballers in the plantel, and probably was very satisfied with the management that has done from the offices of the club.
With what will not be so happy the 'Txingurri' is with the 'overbooking' that has the Barça in his centre of the field. In the half, the culés do something more than bending positions and have until seven footballers for alone three places. Frenkie Of Jong, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Arthur, Arturo Vidal and Carles Aleñá contest the three places of headline that there is in the 4-3-3 of the Barcelona.
Besides, also it would be necessary to have Riqui Puig, that would have to go going in little by little. Unfortunately for him, with so much competition the normal is that it play still less than what played the past season. Valverde Already has sufficient with having to manage the minutes of the seven means of the first team.
In the three first days of League, the trainer blaugrana already has left to see his letters and has hinted of the roles of all the midfield players. Ivan Rakitic, that was with a foot out of the Barça. It has not explained almost at all until the moment and only has played 45 minutes between the three official crashes of League. Carles Aleñá has played the same and against Betis and Osasuna was one of the descartes.
With the Croat and the one of Mataró offside, Valverde is trusting especially in Busquets, Of Jong and Sergi Roberto. The one of Badia did not play against the Athletic, but went back to the titularity in front of Betis and Osasuna and seems indisputable for the time being. The Dutch and the one of Reus are the two only means that have played it practically everything in this league start. Frenkie Only lost eight minutes against Osasuna, whereas Sergi Roberto, that is being the big bet of the 'Txingurri' in this beginning of League, only lost little more than 15 in front of the Athletic. Both were substituted and therefore they have not played it everything.
Arthur and Vidal, the alternatives
By his part, Arthur and Arturo Vidal seem to be right now the two main spares for the centre of the field. The Brazilian, that did not play in the two first days of League, debuted with goal in front of the Osasuna. It contested almost 40 minutes of the second half and went the best of the meeting. It sees him with you win and it could snatch him the place to any one of the headlines with the step of the days. The Chilean, on the other hand, hardly great half hour between the crashes against the béticos and the navarros, and aims to be more a solution that a potential title.
They are a lot of pieces for a Valverde that expects to have to all the happy players. The ex of the Athletic is a good agent of changing rooms, but in this case goes to have to work a lot so that there is not bad faces between the seven applicants to the midfield. The best of this is that the fierce competition in the half could do of the Barça a team much better.