Month: May 2020

Ansu Fati is diluted

first_imgThe arrival of the Danish striker and Setien’s determined commitment to Arturo vidal as third striker they have penalized the young Barça player who in the first six games of Setién started playing an average of 81 minutes per game. That average, in the last three games has collapsed to 4 per game.The turning point could be found in Barcelona’s visit to San Mamés in the copera tie. There, Ansu was replaced in the 57th minute of the match and then, in the following match he did not play a minute in the field of Betis. Later he played at a good level 85 minutes against Getafe and from there he disappeared from the coach’s plans, a circumstance that looked clear in the Bernabeu. The arrival of Setién on the bench in Barcelona was received with great joy by the defenders of the quarry players participating more in the first team of Barcelona. The facts seemed to prove them right, because Ansu Fati He immediately consolidated himself as a starter for the Cantabrian coach and played many minutes … until something broke and The 17-year-old Guinean has been diluted to play testimonial minutes. 31 LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 3, 2020 In the Santiago Bernabéu, Fati was a substitute and only went out desperate when Madrid was already going aft in search of victory to try to change something by playing nine minutes. Worse was what happened in Naples when Setien He used it as a change to waste time playing the three minutes of the discount. Of course it came from not contesting a single minute before the Eibar in the match in which he debuted Martin Braithwaite.last_img read more

Pol Llonch, best player of the Eredivisie in January and February

first_img45 recoveries of @pol_llonch in just over a minute. 🐙If stealing balls were a crime, the Spaniard of Willem II would take time behind bars. 🕵️‍♂️⚽️– Migrants of the Ball (@migrantesbalon) February 5, 2020Llonch, who in an AS daily interview confessed to believing he had “a sixth sense to intuit where the play is going to end,” has already forgotten his frustrated return to Girona, concentrating all his efforts to finish the Eredivisie in European positions. “This award is for all the work the team has done so far. Thank you for all the people who help us every day! It gives us extra power to continue working the last months of the competition,” Pol Llonch wrote on social networks . During the first two months of 2020, Willem II played seven league games in which he won three wins, two draws and two losses. The best footballer of the Eredivisie is Spanish. He has read well. Neither Tadic nor Stengs nor Berghuis. Not even Ziyech. The Dutch newspaper AD awarded this award to the Catalan midfielder Pol Llonch, whose performances with Willem II earned him the prize for the best footballer in the competition in the months of January and February. The former Espanyol or Girona is key in the center of the field of Tilburg, who currently occupy the fifth position in the Netherlands First Division and fight to play in Europe next year.Llonch, who arrived at Willem in 2018 after season and a half at Wisla Krakow, is already one of the most valued midfielders of the Eredivisie. The Spanish recover an average of 12 balls per game and is the fifth player who has completed more interceptions this season in the Eredivisie. He is also the second player who has passed the most passes (38) and 103 of his 162 innings have had successful results. The ‘Pitbull’, as he is nicknamed in Tilburg, is the third player with the most fouls (52), but also one of the most received (36). It is not surprising that Willem II closed in band when Girona tried to sign it last January: the Catalan club reached an agreement with the player, but was not able to satisfy the economic pretensions of the Dutch entity.last_img read more

Arturo Vidal does not shoot with Setién

first_imgVidal made his debut as a scorer in his first game of the year, Barcelona-Betis (5-2), taking advantage of the 16 minutes he played and initiating the win with the fifth goal. From here on, his offensive performance was unstoppable: he scored the second goal in the scoring before Sevilla (4-0), also the second in the victory against Valladolid (5-1) and the winning goal against Leganés (1- 2), to end up scoring the second against Alavés (4-1) and again the second in the derby (2-2).With both Valverde and Setién, his record for consecutive games as a starter this year is three. With Txingurri, he was back on track against Valladolid, Leganés and Slavia from Prague, while with Setién he managed it against Eibar, Naples and Real Madrid.Vidal still struggles to be bench meat, although he has improved with the arrival of the new coach: with Valverde he was a substitute in 14 of the 21 games he played (69%), while with Setién he has four out of ten games (40%) . Another thing is if we look at his balance complete matches: with Valverde he only played 90 minutes in 5 matches of 21 (24%) while with Setien he could only complete the one he played against Eibar at Camp Nou (10%). And it is that bad luck has also accompanied the Chilean, since an expulsion in the 89th minute against Napoli in the first leg of the knockout stage of the Champions League prevented his second game of the Setien era from ending. Arturo Vidal was leaving this season in his scoring facet. With his six goals, he was the most accomplished midfielder in the squad and the fourth player with the most goalscoring vocation, second only to attacking trident: Leo Messi (19), Luis Suárez (11) and Antoine Griezmann (8). However, this offensive drive has been frustrated since Quique Setién’s arrival on the bench. In the ten games the Cantabrian coach has led, Vidal has been drier than the Mojama. Specifically, he has added 513 blank minutes, when with Valverde he accumulated an average of somewhat every 149 minutes.That does not mean that the Chilean international has not contributed his bit in the offensive aspect -Siene has brought him closer than ever to the area-, since he has added two assists to Messi: Granada (1-0) and Eibar (5- 0). On the other hand, with Valverde he was more selfish in this facet, since in the 21 games he had played, he only gave one assist: Luis Suárez in the match against Inter Champions at the Camp Nou (2-1).last_img read more

Bartomeu expects more from Griezmann

first_imgAt the moment, Barça have Antoine Griezmann (1991) for the next season. It confirms, first, that there is still confidence in the French world champion, who arrived last summer for 120 million euros as a strategic signing. And second, that in the Barça club they see it is almost impossible to close the operations of Neymar and Lautaro Martínez at the same time.But Barça expect more from Griezmann. Starting with the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, followed by the technical secretariat headed by Eric Abidal; and ending with the technicians. Setién gave Griezmann one of the great clubs of the season when he left him out of the starting eleven in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey against Athletic in San Mamés to bet on a 17-year-old boy, Ansu Fati. That did not please Griezmann, who also later could not remove the thorn and missed a goal sung in the second half when he was on the pitch. Griezmann has played a lot this season. In LaLiga he has participated in 26 of the 27 games of the championship. He has started in 25 games and only ran out of minutes in the game against Sevilla. He has scored eight goals with a lot of meaning. Seven of them were 1-0, the best goal in football. In the Champions League he has also made an important goal (the first leg against Naples) and saved Setién from a ridiculous dread in Ibiza the week after arriving with his two goals. So he could not understand his substitution at San Mamés.But Griezmann’s gregarious role has left doubts in the club. His humility is valued to put himself at the service of the team, and especially Messi, since his arrival. But Griezmann came as a strategic signing and with the obligation to be a star at the level, at least, of Luis Suárez. And that has not happened. So the club’s top wants him to step forward and if he has to, say, become more selfish, do so. Make him more of a leader because Messi needs cables from the rest.The coming season will be decisive for Griezmann. That it comes out, at this moment, is an unlikely scenario, even though La Gazzetta has placed him on the pole of candidates for the exchange with Lautaro. First, because the player, who has joined the city without difficulties, is the first to intend to fulfill his contract and, above all, succeed at Barça. And then because Barça, except for a moment of despair in which it can offer it to make Neymar’s operation cheaper, wants the second year to be that of its confirmation. Last summer, Bartomeu already refused to participate in that reverie of any of his managers. Bartomeu decided to approve the signing of Griezmann despite his ugliness from the previous year with The Decision and he wants to be the president who brought him and made him succeed. But also that it gives something more to Barça.last_img read more