The defense is transformed: Umtiti on the prowl

ANDhe match last weekend against Athletic Bilbao was charged two unexpected victims. On the one hand, Gerard Piqu was injured half an hour into the game and will not be able to be in this Sunday’s game against Getafe. Koeman will also not be able to count on Eric Garca who was sent off in discount. So the technician runs out of his two regular centrals in these first two games.

The technician will have to make changes. The most normal thing is that he leans for the couple Araujo and Lenglet. The presence of the first is taken for granted since in the first two days of the League it has been the first change in the axis of the rear. Against Real Sociedad he took the place of Eric Garca and in San Mams he replaced the injured Piqu. The presence of Lenglet is the most logical considering that he has been the other central summoned.


However, now a new scenario opens because Koeman could get Mingueza and Umtiti back. The French had not been called up before because the club tried to pressure him in this way to leave the team. Umtiti was in the market, but in the end no destination could be found. None of the interested clubs liked him so in the end he stayed at Barcelona. Once this situation has been resolved, it will be necessary to see if Koeman decides to summon him for this match. It would have all its logic considering the absence of Piqu and Eric Garca and that his future is already clear.

The player has worked hard over the last few months to be in a position to perform at the highest level. Also I asked the club for opportunities to prove it and the game against Getafe could be one of them.


Another player that Koeman could recover is Mingueza. The footballer is already training with the team after overcoming the injury he had at the Olympic Games. It will be necessary to see if the Dutch decide to summon him. The technician is not in favor of risking with players coming out of injury. We already saw the previous season that he prefers to wait a little longer for his return before taking risks and for the player to relapse.

What is clear is that the defense will have a major facelift. The Bara has fitted three goals in the first two games competition.