Self-pressure does not affect the game of an undisturbed De Jong

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Spotlights pending Frenkie de Jong. It was not at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium that he scored the only European goal of his career in the first leg of the 2021-22 Europa League qualifying round where the team won 2-4. Barça. He gained fame for the explosive press conference in the previous one where he admitted to being “irritated and angry at the lies written by the press about my future”, among other responses where he fired in all directions except for the above, which is where he knows the numbers for his income and the information about his future comes from. Didn’t dare.

At the start of a match as important as the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, it didn’t seem like the right time to exercise his time-honored right to throw a tantrum. The attention on the return to the round of 16 of Champions After two periods of absence he lost track. Nothing else was discussed. It is also true that it can have a therapeutic effect for the group, in terms of Pep Guardiola at the Santiago Bernabéu against the ‘milk powerhouse’ before the first leg of the 2010-11 Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

But neither is the leadership of pep It is of Frankie Even that media war has nothing to do with anything De Jong he thinks he is suffering. A Barça so sensitive has never been seen.

At least, what happened the previous day didn’t affect Barça, which is pretty much the same as it has been all season. Great moments, strange absences from the game, wasted chances and defensive innocence to allow a Napoli with minimal minimums to come alive on March 12 for the second leg to be played at the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc thanks to a goal from in Osimhen which is balanced by Lewandowski. 1-1 is not bad for Barça, but it does not fix Barça’s terrible statistics in the round of 16: there have been eight editions without winning in this round, since 0-2 against Arsenal in 2015-16 with double the Messi. Since then, five draws, one defeat and two absences in the most important tournament.

AND Frankie? The Italian goalkeeper Alex Meretwho conceded a poisonous shot from outside the area in 2022, did not see him close even once and the Dutchman kept that goal as the only target in 60 European games: 23 with Ajax and 37 with Barça, 12 in the Europa League and 48 in the Champions League.

De Jong, Despite the pressure he generated with his self-requested preview appearance, he was one of Barça’s best in Naples. Compared to previous games, where their offensive game was pointless and their defensive work had worrying gaps, even a certain indifference, in Diego Armando Maradona Stadium He did his best to assist and was even stronger in distributing balls despite the yellow card he saw in the 16th minute for a foul that didn’t happen.

With the ball he had an insight into the game to make long passes on the wings when Naples’ full-backs jumped in a disorganized fashion under pressure. And in other words, even if he sometimes abused unnecessary driving that reduced the fluidity of the game, he was precise and gave a sensation of dominating the game time, something that his central colleagues could not achieve. Pedri, Christensen and Gundogan.

Seeing this, let him go out again to talk before going back. It doesn’t affect his game. And perhaps he dared to shoot towards the only place he passed. Its future remains an open topic.

Source: La Verdad

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