When LaLiga resumes, clubs will be able to use five substitutes per match to reduce the risk of fatigue injuries.
Our Opponents will have fresh legs
Quique Setien expressed concern about how additional substitutes during matches could impact Barcelona results. When LaLiga resumes, clubs will be able to use five substitutes per match to reduce the risk of fatigue injuries. “I think these five substitutes will hurt us because we’ve resolved a lot of games in the last few minutes. So our opponents will have fresh legs,” Setიen told a Las Palmas coaching school recently. Since being appointed as coach in January, Barcelona have won three La Liga Santander matches and one draw from Copa del Rey in their last 20 minutes. Now that more substitutes are allowed, the Blaugrana will not be able to take advantage of his opponents’ late fatigue.
Setien has something to cheer up
Quique’s first late victory came in the last 16 Copa del Rey when Antoine Griezmann scored in the 72nd and 80th minutes to come back to beat Ibiza. After that, Barcelona also scored late goals against Real Sociedad, Real Betis, and Granada to seal points, with Lionel Messi and Clement Lenglet becoming responsible scorers. Setien’s predecessor Ernesto Valverde also saw how his team changed games in the final stage. Luis Suarez and Ansu Fati were scored late winner goals in either match against Inter in the Champions League group stages. In LaLiga, Arturo Vidal and Leo Messi scored the late winner goals against Leganes and Atletico de Madrid. Luckily for Setien, he has something to cheer up, not moan.
Luis Suarez is on the edge of returning to full-fledged fitness. And after returning Barcelona to work, he took part in training sessions. Next week, he could get the medical all-clear to still play in the matches. The Uruguayan had an operation on his right knee in January and has not played since.