From left to right: Eric García, Araújo, Hammered, Araújo, Lenglet and Umtiti


The defense of Barça: from being in the box to existing 'overbooking' of centrals

Published:12/06/2021 - 01:51h

Updated:12/06/2021 - 08:49h

Barça never lacks problems: If last summer they were in the 'box' because they only had four centrals, this year there is already 'overbooking' for the defense axis

Calendar of FC Barcelona

A new chapter in the FC Barcelona so that the 'operation gone out' was a more urgent task and impostergable in the offices of the Camp Nou. In addition to that in the forward there are nine players at present (for two or three positions), the Barcelona picture also confronts to a 'overbooking' in his defensive saga, with six head offices to disposal of Ronald Koeman for the beginning of the season 2021-2022 and with the reality that any wants to abandon the team.

It is very curious that in the beginning of the course happened the Barça lived a true nightmare when they did not finish to concretise the traspaso of Eric García by economic subjects. Koeman Began the season with very few available head offices. Gerard Hammered and Clément Lenglet were titularísimos, Samuel Umtiti was lesionado (and the Dutch did not have he) and was the option to use to Ronald Araújo, the one who in this moment formed part of the Barcelona subsidiary. The true is that have the defence in 'picture' happened him bill to the Barcelona.

As if it treated of an effect dominated, the Barça began to lose to his head offices titled. I hammered, first, fell lesionado (by several months) and the performance of Clément Lenglet was in free fall. The two youngsters of The Masia, Araújo and Mingueza, jumped to the rescue and turned into the men of confidence of Koeman, but the defensive situation did not improve a lot in spite of the talent (and win) of the two canteranos. This carried to the club to insist, as never, in the traspaso of Eric García and, even, think in another reinforcement for the axis of the defence.

The big problem is that the panorama in Can Barça has given a twist of 180 degrees and happened to be in cuatros to have 'overbooking' in the central, considering that for the moment there is six. Koeman Has four right-handed players (Hammered, Araújo, Mingueza and Eric García) and two left-handed (Lenglet and Umtiti) for two or three positions in the approach of Koeman, depending on si uses the 4-3-3 or the 3-5-2 in the start of the next course. With this situation, remains more than clear that the blaugrana have to begin an operation gone out immediately, also for the defensive saga.

Of there it arises the big second incoveniente that is to decide who or who will be the sacrificed in this cleaning that, besides, also is necessary so that it free the mass salarial, a key point that argues in the offices of the Camp Nou and that Joan Laporta has in the tope of his pending subjects. Like this then , the reality is that any of the five players (without explaining to Eric, that finish to arrive) have intentions to abandon the team and it will be necessary to expect that the directors take out a magic wand and achieve to give him gone out to at least two head offices.

The intocables in the defence

It is a muddy and delicate subject for the Barça that has a lot of nuances and points to analyse. Beginning with Gerard Hammered, that has declared that "if tomorrow it says me Koeman that have to go me, leave the football. I do not go to play in any team that was not the Barça". However, his exit is unthinkable for the club by the weight that has the Catalan in the changing room, in the good sense. 'Geri' Is one of the big leaders, inside and out of the field. A piece intocable, to be more exact.

Also they are Mingueza and Araújo, two players that the Barça treats like jewels and that will not leave them leave under any condition, considering that they have showed that they are a reliable project to short and long term. In the case of the Catalan, renewed recently his agreement and the charrúa is intocable. In the case of both, although the Barcelona entity wants them, will have weight the quantity of minutes that add in the next course, because it is very likely that do not want to be banking in his first years in the football of first level.

The nightmare of the Barça

The French have turned into a true history of terror for the FC Barcelona, splitting with Clément Lenglet, the one who suffered an important bajón of his performance in the last course and remained portrayed, in a sinfín of opportunities, in the goals of the rivals of the team. In any case, already has left clear his intentions: "I do not see me going out. I signed a new agreement the past season. I will be in the Barça the next season", aimed.

Another that does not want to abandon the Camp Nou is Samuel Umtiti, the one who has condemned to the Barça for life (or until it finish his agreement). The central left-handed wants to follow 'trying' recover his level in the Barça although it is conscious that Ronald Koeman no with have he at all. 'Big Sam' keeps firm, the same that his compatriot, and will litigate for going back to be headline, as long as it do not go back to lesionarse.

Next match of FC Barcelona

Amistosos | Partido único
FC Barcelona

Red Bull Salzburgo - FC Barcelona

Wednesday, 4 of August of 2021 19:00h
Red Bull Arena (Salzburgo)
Calendar FC Barcelona
Related Content
Today highlights

Most read