Eric Garcia, the central 'covered'

Eric Garcia, the central ‘covered’

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08/03/2022 at 09:44


The Barcelona native has been a starter in the four friendlies of the tour of the United States, partnering with Christensen

He has accumulated 213 minutes and has ‘moved’ Ronald Araujo to the right side

Barça presented Jules Koundé on Monday, the central desired by Xavi Hernández to lead his second project -first start- on the Blaugrana bench. The French centre-back joins Andreas Christensen as a reinforcement for the axis of defence. And the sports management is still in negotiations to try the arrival of Íñigo Martínez, a left-handed central defender who would put the icing on the cake.

So much investment presaged a relief in the center of a defense for Gerard Piqué who has been the undisputed starter for the last 14 seasons. The physical problems with which he finished last year, together with his age -35 years- forced him to look for a top-level replacement. Hence, Barça has made an economic effort to bring Koundé, for which he has paid a fixed 50 million that could end up being 55 if the agreed variables are met. The most expensive transfer in the history of Real Madrid.

The other piece of the puzzle pointed out that it would be the powerful Ronald Araujo, whom the club managed to retain by also making an economic effort. In the bedroom were Christensen and Eric Garcia doubling positions, in addition to Piqué, who declined the club’s proposal to put an end to his career at the Camp Nou.

The tour of the United States, however, has left unmistakable signs that things are not so clear. And there has been a footballer who has taken a step forward, running as the ‘covered’ for the axis of defense. Is about Eric Garcia, who has been a starter in each and every one of the four friendlies played on US soil, teaming up with Christensen.

A step forward

The absence of Koundé and the still precarious physical condition of Piqué have paved the way for him. Proof of this is that Xavi has had to recycle Frenkie de Jong, in the first three friendlies against Inter Miami, Real Madrid and Juventus, and Nico González, in the last against New York Red Bulls to complete the defense. But it is no less true that the player from Barcelona has eaten away at Ronald Araujo, whom Xavi has used on two occasions as a right-back, against Real Madrid and the New York Red Bulls.

Eric has played a total of 213 minutes. Half a part against Inter Miami and Juventus and an hour against Real Madrid and New York Redbulls, which suggests that he will start the official competition as a starter and that on Saturday, August 13, he will train together with Christensen against Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou, in match corresponding to the first day of LaLiga Santander.

Eric has shown a very high level both defensively and in getting the ball out. Well placed, quick in coverage and withdrawal and starting the attacking game with ease, the central defender from Barcelona has given signs of having taken a step forward and that he is not going to give away ownership. Xavi trusts Eric Garcia a lot and the footballer has shown that he doesn’t shrink from the competition. At the moment he is one step ahead.

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