AGAIN ON THE BENCH
Rakitic was again substitute against Osasuna
Published:31/08/2019 - 16:36h
Updated:31/08/2019 - 16:36h
Ernesto Valverde surprised again in his lineup against Osasuna, again leaving out Ivan Rakitic and betting on Frenkie de Jong and Sergi Roberto
It seems that, in this start of season, for Ernesto Valverde there is a clear premise: what works does not touch . In the first day, the FC Barcelona lost against the Athletic Club giving a very poor level and the technician extremeño decided to take part and do numerous changes against the Real Betis, some by obligation.
The party against the verdiblancos was much more satisfactory for the culés of what had been the duel of Saint Mamés, reason by which in the party of this Saturday, in which the Barça measured to the Osasuna in the Sadar, Valverde decided not touching at all and bet by the same eleven that marvelled against the Andalusians.
Said alignment went back to involve the suplencia of Ivan Rakitic, that has not been headline in any of the three days ligueras. In spite of that in the two last campaigns has played practically the whole of the meetings, in the present has a fierce competition in his position, something that is noticing.
Again, the Txingurri bet by a centre of the field formed by Sergio Busquets like anchor of the game and by Sergi Roberto and Frenkie of Jong in the positions of interior. By the moment, the polyvalent player of Reus and the flamante Dutch signing have takeed the initiative in front of the own Croatian footballer.
In the previous press conference to the party, Valverde already had spoken of Ivan Rakitic, that was planted in the orbit of the Juventus of Turín or even in the one of Paris Saint-Germain, like coin of change in the 'operation Neymar'. "It is a big player and at all does to think that it do not go to be here. The season is very long and there is place for all", said.
Arthur and Arturo Vidal, also acting
The indisputable titularity of Frenkie of Jong and Sergi Roberto in the centre of the field no only affects to Ivan Rakitic, but it also separates of the onces to footballers that the past season were important, as Arthur Melo or Arturo Vidal. By the moment, the Brazilian has not contested neither an alone minute, whereas the Chilean went out in the second part against the Betis and marked a goal.