Work for Koeman: Barça has a problem in the center of the field
Published:2/07/2021 - 00:09h
Updated:2/07/2021 - 00:09h
Barça's three starting midfielders have exceeded 60 games in the last year... And Koeman will have to find a formula to dose them
The pre-season has not begun, but Ronald Koeman already has a lot of work on the table. The Dutch, between other so many things, will have to find a formula for dosificar to his men of confidence in the centre of the field of the FC Barcelona: Frenkie of Jong, Sergio Busquets and Pedri González, that will return to the City Condal with an impressive overloads of parties, after the course with the Barça and the international commitments, with Holland and Spain.
The true is that the three rondan the 60 parties in the course 2020-21 and only the Dutch, probably the more fatigado, is on holiday after the elimination of Holland of the Eurocopa. Busquets and Pedri are in the chambers of the continental tournament and, the one of Tegueste will defend to 'The Red' also in the Olympic games of Tokyo this summer and will arrive for the beginning of season with the culés.
In this sense, Koeman will have to find the ideal formula to be able to rotar in the medullary, something that no sucedió in the previous course. The Dutch 'married' with the three players and went in the end of season when it gave more opportunities to Ilaix Moriba or Riqui Puig because Pedri was totally melted, reason by which left on holiday before that his mates. However, the reality is that there is not a 'replacement' ideal for any of the three because lyou two canteranos work like revulsivos.
Of Jong: 64 parties in total
The quantity of parties that have contested the three is alarming. Beginning with Of Jong, the one who added 51 clashes with the culés (4.492 minutes), in addition to other 13 with the Dutch selection (1.159 m) for a total of 64 apparitions in the field, with 5.651 minutes of game in which it registered seven goals and nine assistances. His titularity is not negotiable for the trainer of the Barça, since it considers him indispensable for his game.
Koeman Has his reasons, that have a lot of weight. Of Jong has given an impressive jump in his level and has certified, definitively, that is the compass of the Barça, the player that marks the rhythm of the party and a danger when it arrives by second line. It is of the footballers that appear once by century and very hardly the 'Hero of Wembley' go to replace him.
Pedri: 63 parties... And lacking Tokyo
The irruption of Pedri in this last season has not happened unobserved for anybody and thus Koeman has received it like one of his indisputable players. Proof of this are the 52 parties that contested with the Barça (3.496) with four goals and six assistances. His good performance carried it first to play with the Sub21 (4 clashes, 167 minutes, 1 assistance) and later to the absolute selection, in which it has turned into a key player for Luis Enrique (7 crashes, 575 minutes and 1 assistance), for a total of 63 parties, 4.238 m, four targets and eight passes of goal.
Lto fluidity that contributes Pedri to the game is incomparable and has converted , in very little time, in one of the most stood out players of his team and selection. Insustituible, of some way. However, it has been very demanded and, in addition to finishing the Eurocopa, also will contest the Olympic games of this summer with the selection.
Busquets: 57 clashes and explaining
In this last year, Sergio Busquets has showed his best version, in spite of his 33 years. With the Barça has been indisputable for Koeman and with 'The Red' has dressed of captain and leader of the selection. The drop by Covid-19 prevented him play the first parties of the Eurocopa, but since it recovered has accustomed to all to his recitals and magic from the medullary.
It overloads it of parties has not punished him, but the reality is also alarming the quantity of clashes that has played, with 57 in totoal (4.065 minutes), delivered in 50 with the Barça (3.518 and five assistances) and other seven with the Spanish selection (547 minutes).