Lamine Yamal y Pau  Cubarsí, jugadores del FC Barcelona


Will there be more 'Pedri cases'? Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsí are on Spain's pre-list for the JJ.OO

Published:27/04/2024 - 16:11h

Updated:27/04/2024 - 16:37h

FC Barcelona is observing with some caution the option of Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsí being able to compete in the Euro Cup-Olympic Games double. This notable load of minutes, added to those obtained during the regular season with Barça, brings to the table the ghosts of the 'Pedri case'

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The FC Barcelona has characterised historically for having one of the best quarries of the world, The Masia. Along his rich history, the Barcelona cast has been the semillero of big talents, to which has formed with a series of tactical concepts and technicians widely recognised. In this sense, the club has bet for offering them numerous opportunities to the players of the filial, without mattering his age, which has carried to that these footballers, to an early age, despunten and position no only like current talents, but also like future promising talents.

In this course 2023-24, the Barça has given the chance to several lower players of 20 years to see action with the first team, being perhaps the most stood out of this generation of young players: Pau Cubarsí (17) and Lamine Yamal (16). These two names have turned into key pieces for the tactical diagram of Xavi Hernández in this period, which paradoxically could generate some worry in the team for the coming months because of an unexpected reason.

In the FC Barcelona exists some restlessness because of the possibility that the Real Spanish Federation of Football award them a paper stood out to both players in the two big competitions of selections that are just around the corner: the Eurocopa (of 14 June to 14 July) and the Olympic games of Paris. Both pieces are eligible to be summoned and expects that they can be important in the tactical approaches so much of Luis de la Fuente (seleccionador absolute) as of Santi Denia (seleccionador Sub-21). Nevertheless, the combined Barcelonan sees with some distrust the option that they play both competitions by an only reason: the 'case Pedri'.

Why the FC Barcelona does not want to emulate the 'case Pedri' with Lamine and Cubarsí?

To put in context, the 'case Pedri' occurred during the season 2020-21. Pedri González, in this moment with 18 years of age, played an overwhelming quantity of minutes. In the regular campaign with the picture culé, participated in 52 commitments (3.525'). Besides, it represented to the Spanish selection in the Eurocopa, seeing action in the period comprised between 14 June to 6 July. In this contest, played in six parties (629'), including three extra times (eighth, fourth and semifinals).

Afterwards, without hardly rest, travelled to Tokyo, Japan, to participate in the tournament of football of the Olympic games, that began on 22 July and lasted until 7 August. During the JJ. OO., the one of Tegueste faced the six meetings that were him possible, accumulating 559' additional, including two extentions (eighth and final). This left him little time to rest, since on 15 August already was playing with the FC Barcelona in the start of the campaign 2021-22 against the Real Sociedad. From this moment, Pedri, physically extenuado, began to suffer injuries of recurrent form.

Both 'jewels' of the Barça already appear the prelista of Spain for the JJ. OO.

That seems to be the main fear of the Barça: that, when participating in both tournaments, Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsí can finish exhausted physically and with little time of rest. This fear could increase after the recent announcement of the previous list of Spain for the Olympic games, where appear both players, as well as Fermín López and Marc Guiu, other footballers of the Barcelonan square. Although this listing is not definite, leaves clear that the Real Spanish Federation of Football has the intention to have these pieces for the tournament.

Besides, this adds to the fact that the '33' and the '27' of the Catalan group, those who already have played with the absolute selection, have serious options to be summoned by Luis de la Fuente for the Eurocopa. Nevertheless, a possible tranquility for the FC Barcelona is that, as it informed 'Relief', the priority of 'The Red' seem to be summon to these two players that at present accumulate 2.289 (Cubarsí) and 2.451(Lamine) minutes respectively, only for one of the events.

The referred source also asevera that the announcement of both for the Olympic games will depend of the performance of Spain in the Eurocopa and of the physical feelings that experience the players. Therefore, the decision to participate in the JJ. OO. It will take in consensus between the footballers and Santi Denia, the trainer of the selected olympic Spanish. However, it keeps on being a latent option that have to participate in both contests.

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