One of the Achilles heels of Barcelona de Valverde has been this season the defense. The Catalan team has conceded in the first round 23 goals in 19 games played, more than one per game (1,2). A performance that leaves the Blaugrana team away from the records of its most direct competitors for the League title. For example, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid have fitted almost half of the Blaugrana (12 goals against both teams) while Sevilla has received 18. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 17, 2020 These records are even more surprising and worrying when compared to those of the same team in the previous two seasons in which Barcelona reached the equator of the competition with only 9 goals conceded in the 17-18 season, the first of Valverde, and 20 in the 18-19. One of the most urgent challenges that Quique Setién must face in his stages in Barcelona is to solve the defensive problem of the Blaugrana team. And it must do so with a shortage of troops, because after the march of Jean Clair-Todibo as assigned to Schalke 04, the technician will only have three centrals in the first template: Gerard Piqué, Clément Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti. Considering that defense is not one of the great virtues of Setien’s teams, The technician is faced with a key challenge that he will have to face with effective counting, especially as regards central defenses. Piqué and Lenglet point out as an almost immovable starting couple, as it has been throughout the season, but with the peculiarity that competition has decreased. Todibo left on loan to Schalke almost at the same time that Setien landed and Umtiti remains unreliable after his physical problems as evidenced in the Spain Supercup disputed in Arabia.The resource that Setien has left is to look at the subsidiary and reel Araujo, This season already debuted with the first team.In any case, a difficult ballot and that seems to prevent the implementation of new systems, such as three centrals unless a player from the center of the field becomes a central one.
How is the squad after the Getafe hit?Better, much better. It was not an easy victory in the Cup, but the team’s spirit always finds the balm in the victories. We do not disparage any rival. We are happy with the reaction of the team. There are no injured except Siovas, who is almost ready. That gives you peace of mind. We are recovered. It is not worth giving excuses or lamenting. Here you lose against Getafe, and that’s it. You have a bad time that night. Immediately turn the page. If anyone got caught, I’ll go for him, as I did with one. He reacted well, period. We are looking forward to tomorrow.Are you afraid of the club and you with the possible departure of Braithwaite?What if the club is quiet? The club or me? Ask them (laughs). I don’t care about anything after the other day … until 31 I will work with whatever I have. If something goes or comes, welcome … or well gone. In practice I train with what I have up to date. And I’m happy, really. That this is over. When it’s over, we’ll see who we are and where we are going.Are you seeing the light come to the signings?Well, I don’t know … I said that if one striker left, let another one come. If two leave, let two come. But neither more. Untill there. I am not in everyday life seeing what happens. That office job does not apply to me. I already stated it. When I made it public, I made it private I never like to send messages through you. But you knew it before me … you have good names …Can you reassure the fans by reassuring them about the signings?No, I cannot guarantee anything. Yes I can guarantee what we have done in these eight games except in one: a recognizable, competitive, serious team, with its limitations but that shows its face. Except for 30 minutes, against Getafe, in the rest we have competed. Although we have lost. I can guarantee that. That people can recognize the Leganés: aguerrido and delivered. Who knows how to defend and attack. We are just building a team in three months. It is the most I can offer people. The other is not for me to offer or promise anything.But have you talked to Braithwaite to stay?No, no … what they asked me is the first news I have. Maybe the one who asked me knows a lot … He gave this other bastard names, doesn’t he? (Laughs)You who have been in Atlético, could the Cholo message have been exhausted?I would be the last mortal capable of saying something bad about Simeone. I admire and respect him deeply. I was in that house for three years and I know the difficulties involved, like another club. He was able to generate everything. And when I say everything, I say everything: players, quarry, titles, money, put the Atleti back where it deserved … we are talking about someone who, with Aragonese, family and Cerezo, who should most appreciate Atlético fans. I would be unable to make a negative judgment. Zero.Make a first reaction of the Cup and the crossing with Barça …I tried not to talk about it and yesterday nobody commented on it. Yesterday a colleague sent me a message and asked me for an opinion. It makes no sense at the moment to talk about something that goes in the second instance. First there is Atlético, which is A. And then B, which is Barcelona. We will see later how we organize ourselves. At the moment we are 100% focused on Atlético. If we put 99%, that 1% that we leave will be invoiced, safe, secure. It is an Atlético team that deserves our respect since we finished against Ebro. Javier Aguirre is an outgoing guy. Never lies. In his way of being and acting there is no trap or cardboard. So sincere, he is able to delay the start of a press conference because he thinks he has lost the wedding ring by removing his gloves and laughing at himself when he discovers he is still wearing it. Genius and figure. That is why his response to the crisis of Atlético de Madrid and the doubts generated by Cholo are matters of a pure heart. They leave his soul. Thus, sincere and direct, he launched himself to protect the figure of Simeone in the previous visit of the Leganés (his Leganés) to the Metropolitan Wanda.“We all support Cholo. We owe it all, from the titles, to the quarry, to the money… I will be the last mortal to criticize it, ”he said in an almost corporate tone while haggling doubts about a transfer market that has punished the pickles with five casualties ( that of En Nesyri, the most important) and no reinforcement (for now). “I can not guarantee (signings come), only that this Leganés will be a recognizable and aguerrido team”What casualties do you have against Atlético?We have Rubén Pérez, by sanction, and Siovas, who is on time. Probably after Atlético will join to play the Cup. There is no more.Complicated match and need to score.We have a great need since I came here, five games ago. We have scored in five games and have failed in three. We have to continue in that line of seriousness. To understand that we are a team that if we are not together, that if we do not run and fight all, if we do not play well with the ball, we suffer. If we don’t do our job in both areas, we suffer. We are vulnerable And all that against Atlético …Atlético is a team that is fighting for the League, for the Champions League … it will make it difficult for us. In his field he is a very solid team. Outside too, but especially in his field. Few points are left there. We expect a complicated opponent as well.It will be his first presence in Wanda after his athletic past.It is emotional for me to play against Atlético. I already did it with Zaragoza and Espanyol, but going to this stadium, which once presented us with the model, with that of the sports city, when we were there … it will be exciting, obviously. From there, it is a match like any other. You have to think about adding, winning. Being in the league, stuck.Will the Atlético crisis affect Leganés for good?Atlético, as Cholo said, will not change a defeat in the Cup, as it did not change a success in Champions or a title … they have very clear ideas. The master is very clear about his philosophy. I do not think that the elimination in the Cup affects you at all. It can happen to all of us. It has happened to all of us. Miguel Ángel Gil has already left to support Cholo. We all support him, for what he has done for that club, obviously. He doesn’t deserve even the questioning. I expect the best version of Atlético.How to prepare this match? He has barely had time after the Cup.It is true. We returned late from Zaragoza, we had recovery work yesterday, but the preparation of the game was reduced to today. But as we know each other more, things go faster. Everything knows its role and what to do. It is a mechanism that is won over time. Coaches with two-three-four years in a team, make them based on their philosophy, even choosing, you make filters with the players. People like Bordalás, Moreno, Sergio, Arrasate, El Cholo … and their teams play by heart. It is true that there were many changes in Atlético, but it maintains a distance line. They don’t get out of it. Whoever comes, are still there. It will be a competitive match.
Clemente Villaverde, CEO of Getafe, appeared in the press room to give the official version of the club after UEFA decided to suspend the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League against Inter Milan. The president spoke of the real possibility of a single match being played on neutral ground and behind closed doors. Unknowns: “We do not know if it is going to be the party or the parties. A place is being looked for to celebrate the party or the parties, but it is a good and feasible solution for all. The fact that a solution could be found is favorable for football and teams. “How the suspension was created: “Both the relationship with Inter and UEFA have been daily. We have been constantly in communication. At all times, we have had full knowledge of what was happening. The solution adopted is for UEFA’s knowledge of what was happening. happening”.Suspension: “It is a common sense initiative. All parties involved were aware of the situation. We could not previously establish the scope, there has been intention from all parties.”Costumes: “The position of the players is to train, prepare the goals and the coaches the same. They have been outside the institutional situation. This is how they will continue to function.” Behind closed doors and single game?: “There is the possibility of playing a single match on a neutral field. It is in line with the progress of the championship. It is one of the options being considered. The decision that UEFA will take will be the right one.”UEFA decision: “We are waiting for UEFA to communicate a solution to us, but we want to thank them for their help, for knowing how to understand the circumstances surrounding the game. We support the solution that will be transferred to us.”
The German midfielder, despite being severely punished by injuries in recent years, is 27 years old, is international and has a great lineup in the market. In collected statements, by the newspaper Evening Standard, explained the reasons why he will leave his current club: “I would like to announce that after considering it intensively, I have decided to make a change of scenery in my sports career.“ After wishing all the readers to be well and not suffer losses due to the pandemic, Gotze explained the steps to follow: “I have taken my time to take this step. It is an important decision for my sports future and I am looking forward to working with Reza Fazeli and his agency International Soccer Management (ISM). His professional competence has completely convinced me. What the future will bring will only be known when there is a bit of normality in the world“ Gotze has sounded for several clubs on the international scene, although, for the moment, none of them has accelerated in the negotiation. In England there is talk of Everton, West Ham or Liverpool and there is also the alleged interest of various Italian ‘coconuts’. Be that as it may, whoever invests in their hiring takes a talented player, capable of playing in various attacking positions, with a lot of football still in his boots and with a dangerous handicap: constant injurys. The coronavirus crisis will completely change the transfer market next summer. The vast majority of clubs have had to make an ERTE or a salary reduction for their footballers and it seems complicated that in the summer period they can make exorbitant offers. Under this precept, the free players become the great bargains on the market. One of them is Mario Gotze, who confirmed today that he will not renew his contract with Borussia Dortmund.