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Friday, February 3, 2023

Left foot by Raphinha and left by Rüdiger


Putting Raphinha’s name on the table, Deco warned the different sectors of the club. “If Leeds are relegated, the clause is 25 million,” said the former player, Barça agent and forward advisor. Many managers were correspondingly excited. Some even send notifications to their cellphones to follow the games. And even Xavi was asked about Leeds’ result in the Premier.

At the time there was no news about the levers at Barça, Dembélé was a foot and a half out of the club and the manager insisted he needed reinforcements in all positions. But a goal from Raphinha saved Leeds and Barça ended up spending 57 million. However, the Brazilian doesn’t seem to weigh the value of his transfer. He scored on his debut as a Barça player against Inter Miami and sealed the first Clásico of the year thanks to the gift of Militão, who was untouchable alongside Alaba in central defence.

Raphinha beats Dembélé’s pulse for the time being. The competition spans the entire offensive front: Barça have two nines (Lewandowski and Aubameyang) and two left wingers (Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres). Overbooking of strikers bringing Memphis to the market (the club advised him to find a way out), the same situation for Braithwaite who has not traveled to the United States. With the intensified attack, Barcelona continue to negotiate with Sevilla over Koundé. After activating the second lever last Friday – selling 15% of the television rights for about 320 million – Barça has liquidity to knock on Sánchez Pizjuán’s door.

If the Las Vegas classic left Raphinha’s Blitz on the Barça coast, the hangover in Madrid had more to do with tactical issues. With Rudiger’s arrival, it was understood that the German would be placed in the middle of defence, like at Chelsea, and that Alaba would switch to the left flank, as was his natural profile and because he knew the position well. However, Carlo Ancelotti, a prudent man, seems unwilling to budge, at least at the first opportunity, which led to him winning La Liga and the Champions League.

In his first eleven, he surprised everyone by placing the German on the left flank. “I liked him a lot, I’m not crazy and he’s very intelligent. You can play there. As a left-back, Alaba will only do it out of necessity. I don’t want to change last year’s pair [junto a Militão]’ Carletto argued. The line she trained in the previous one opens up a new landscape in White’s defence.

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