Returned on ‘Setien effect‘with intense training sessions in the sports city of Barcelona. Six days of vacation were enough for the Cantabrian, who has been in his native land with his family, to have recovered energy. Only the club’s advertising commitments prevented the coach from returning to the old habit of holding a double session yesterday.
Although nothing has saved the players from much more physical exercises to continue preparing the ‘Last Dance’ of the season: the Champions. A competition that the Catalans face with a short squad, players recovering, losses due to sanction and others due to injury.
Undoubtedly in goal with Ter Stegen or on the left side with Jordi Alba, the problems begin in defense. In the injury chapter, the position of the center is disturbing. Setién, to this day, only has available Gerard Piqué While Clement Lenglet, a regular starter with the Catalan central defender, recovers from discomfort in the pubis.
Yesterday, the French trained on the sidelines for the second consecutive day but his environment confirms The vanguard that the sensations are good and that he hopes to reach the second round against Naples. Then they will face the renewal of French, with a contract until 2023.
With contract until 2023
The feelings with Lenglet, who wants to face his renewal after the Champions League, are good
Another central, also linked to Barça until then, and with a clause of 500 million euros, is Samuel umtiti. His constant discomfort in his left knee kept him away from Barça’s last games in the League and nothing guarantees that he is ready for day 8.
The last setback in that position came with Ronald Araújo. The Barça B central defender suffered a sprained right foot during the last game of the promotion playoff against Sabadell. Its presence seems practically unfeasible.
Problems also in the midfield. The sanctions folder is opened Sergio Busquets and Arturo vidal that, added to the absence of Arthur
, who tries to reach an agreement to terminate the contract with Barcelona, leave the limelight to Rakitic, De Jong, Riqui Puig or Sergi Roberto -as long as the latter does not occupy the right side and does Semedo –.
Griezmann could start working with the group by the end of the week
In the attack, with Messi, Luis Suárez, who is doing a more physical plan, and Ansu fati In the bedroom, Setien is very aware of Griezmann
. The Frenchman continues exercising on the grass sharing some exercises with his classmates. Sources from his environment agree that, if he continues to evolve like this, he will start training with the group at the end of the week. Your recovery for day 8 is practically guaranteed.
In the race to the set-up continues Ousmane Dembele
, who did work in the gym yesterday. The winger, injured since last February, is determined to show that he can be very useful, despite his evident physical fragility.
After undergoing PCR tests
Five Barça B players have completed the session
It may be time to test the younger ones. After undergoing the PCR tests, five players from the affiliate completed the last session.
They are center-backs Jorge Cuenca and Oscar Mingueza, midfielders Jandro Orellana and Monchu and far right Konrad de la Fuente.