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The reasons why Riqui Puig will gain importance at FC Barcelona

Published:10/01/2021 - 20:01h

Updated:10/01/2021 - 23:04h

Riqui Puig had almost 20 minutes against the Granada and there are several factors that do to think that, in the weeks to come, will win weight in the FC Barcelona

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To Riqui Puig can that, at last, have arrived him the moment to have opportunities in the FC Barcelona. The young Catalan midfield player already played some minutes in the party that the ones of Ronald Koeman played in the new The Cármenes against the Granada (0-4) after the Dutch technician gave him the alternative to give rest to a more exploded player as it can be Pedri González.

And the true is that there are several reasons to think that Riqui Puig will obtain prominence in the FC Barcelona during the next weeks. It is true that, according to the informations desveladas by several sectors of the press, Ronald Koeman had a rifirrafe with the canterano to principle of season by supposed leaks. But also it is it that the circumstances can evoke to the technician culé to throw of the of Matadepera.

The first reason by which Riqui Puig can have more options to play is the change of system employed by Ronald Koeman in the last weeks. When the Dutch technician arrived, implemented the 4-2-3-1 in which it considered that the canterano only fit in a position, the one of mediapunta, excluding him of the double pivote when considering that it did not gather the sufficient defensive capacity as to play here.

It is here where jointed him the direct competition by the multiple players that played in said position. Leo Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann, Pedri González... Too many footballers for an alone position, by what Riqui Puig went it to have difficult. However, Now Ronald Koeman has happened to play with a 4-1-4-1, recovering the two interiors, something that benefits to the canterano.

Now, Riqui Puig will be able to play in his position natral of interior, in which it has played in the Masia all the life. Besides, now no longer there is an alone position in which it can play, but there is two. So much by the type of system as by the fact to having increased the number of compatible roles with the one of Matadepera, Ronald Koeman could throw in more occasions of the young crack Catalan.

Reduction of competition

In addition to the change of system of Ronald Koeman, to Riqui Puig has opened him a new road by the decrease of the competition in the centre of the field. First, with the injury that will have to Philippe Coutinho out of the terrains of game until March; second, by the course of Carles Aleñá to the Getafe. Now, the competition of Riqui Puig in the places of interior has reduced to Pedri, Frenkie of Jong and Miralem Pjanic -that also is natural relief of Sergio Busquets- by what the canterano can go in more easily in the rotations.


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