Just a few hours before the match in the second round of La Liga 2021/22 between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona (3am on August 22 in Vietnam time), Garcia received news that his grandfather had just passed away at the age of 88. Mr. Joan Martret used to hold the position of President of the Barca fan association in Martorell (a land in Catalan, Spain).
The bad news came so suddenly that the 20-year-old midfielder’s playing mentality was extremely affected, Garcia played like a “lost person” and head coach Ronald Koeman did not have time to consider an alternative.
The climax took place in the 90th minute, 2, Barca’s number 24 handled clumsily and sloppily, losing the ball to Nico Williams’ feet, causing the visitors to receive an extremely dangerous counter-attack. Bilbao’s 30 overtook Garcia and pitched the ball straight ahead.
The situation that led to Garcia’s red card
Williams came on in the 76th minute to replace Iker Munian and still has a much more prolific physical foundation than Garcia – the main player from the beginning of the game.
The Spaniard was defeated in a duel with the 19-year-old winger and was forced to correct himself with a foul. Otherwise, Neto will most likely have to go into the net to pick up the ball. At that time, Barca had less than 1 minute to find an equalizer.
Although the performance was not good, almost no Barca fans blamed Garcia. Instead, the vast majority of fans of the Camp Nou team sent the runners-up of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic men’s football their wishes and encouragement so that Garcia could quickly overcome a very difficult time. this gloom.
Because Gerard Pique – the player who plays the central defender with mature products from the La Masia youth academy (2008-2017) had to leave the field in the 31st minute to make way for Ronald Araujo in the Bilbao 1-1 Barca match for a reason. injury. The role of Garcia in the defense of the “Catalan Giants”, which is very important, has become even more important.
Garcia is suspended and if Pique cannot play the next match (meet Getafe at the Camp Nou at 10pm on August 29, Vietnam time in the third round of La Liga), Koeman is forced to use the duo. backup centre-back Clement Lenglet – Araujo (2 names that rarely give the Dutch military a feeling of peace of mind).
The remaining 2 choices are Oscar Mingueza and Samuel Umtiti. But Mingueza has yet to recover from the injury he sustained while attending the Olympics. Meanwhile, Barca is trying to get rid of Umtiti to another team.
Barca’s defense did not play really well in the last 2 matches (Barca 4-2 Real Sociedad, Bilbao 1-1 Barca). The proof is that the red and blue shirt team must receive 3 goals.
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