FC BarcelonaTOMost eleven players have had more rest this year than the previous one
"We have many games, and Athletic is more rested, "said Luis Surez after the clash in San Mams, Sergi Roberto and Rakitic also pointed to the demanding and loaded schedule to refer to the performance and results of Barcelona in their last commitments: ties three ties, one in the Copa del Rey and two in LaLiga.The course gives no respite to the azulgrana, but the truth is that this season most eleven players support less minutes in their legs than in the previous. by injury or by rotations, the team is having, in general lines, more rest.
"We knew that in January and February there are many games and we have to give the best of each one, it's three draws, but in the important moments we gave our faces," said Sergi Roberto. Precisely, the canterano is one of the players who has seen reduced the number of minutes he has played: he has played 435 less than last year at this stage of competition.Rakitic, Busquets, Messi and Luis Surez have also been longer on the bench or at home this campaign than in the previous. Ernesto Valverde, criticized on 17/18 for not resorting to the closet clos cul, has moved more to the team this season.
The most prominent case, however, is that of Leo Messi. It is true that the crack has caused low this season by injury, by the fracture in the radius of the right arm that suffered in October and by and the current slight overload, although it has also had pause to face the calendar better. It is not usual that he is on the bench being well, and Messi this year has been. He was a substitute, for example, against Legans in LaLiga and against Tottenham in the group stage of the Champions League.The numbers do not give rise to doubt: this course has participated in 2,301 minutes and the past in 3,033!
It should also be noted that at this point last year, Barcelona had played two more games, since the Super Cup was played twice and had also passed the second leg of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.
In addition, although it is true that this past summer there was World Cup, and footballers like Rakitic reached the final having a lot of prominence in the tournament,other azulgranas have had more rest with the selection. These are the cases, for example, of Alba, Messi and Piqu. The lateral has not entered the first dates of Luis Enrique and the other two have taken a truce with their combined, in the case of the central, forever.
The calendar is demanding, but the downturn is not only due to the load of minutes.