Xavi’s message was for Frenkie De Jong

Ssomeone was missed in The Sadar when the players of Osasuna they clenched their teeth went to Frenkie De Jong. Xavi Hernndez knows it, that I left a clear message after the game, both in the mixed zone and a little later in the press room: “It was a matter of football, to be with the ball in the opposite field, to be patient, people with packaging to control the game. We don’t have that kind of footballers. “

The criticism of the Bara’s technician was going around: the team had competed relatively well until the last twenty minutes. With a minimal advantage and away from home, that the rival, and more if it is Osasuna, is going to put you in your area is to a certain extent predictable. And that is where players with quality and prestige should show their paws. To ensure possession, to defend with the ball, force fouls and extinguish the opponent’s momentum. Bara had it with Xavi, Iniesta and Messi himself. He has it with Busquets, but Bara’s ‘5’ lacks partners in that sense. He alone is not enough.

And that’s where Xavi expected the Dutch to appear. Frenkie is Bara’s big disappointment this season. It is not Luuk, forward of the heap, interwar signing. Either Memphis, a good player elevated to the category of crack by a matter of necessity. Pure mirage. Nor can it be a Coutinho Who should already be considered lost, at least to have a leading role in this Bara.

Piqu and Busquets did face

Piqu Y BusquetsTo give two examples of players with weight and experience, they did face El Sadar. They lacked Frenkie, lacking in character, lacking in personality to be the constant outbreak of support for the pressed partner. He has quality and conditions to spare, but it is indisputable that he is going through a deep hole in his game. And that it comes out only depends on him. Xavi and Bara need it. And hence the coach’s message. If the higher quality players are hiding, then I know there is no solution.


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Xavi’s message was for Frenkie De Jong