Barcelona managed to beat Raya Vallecano 2-1 away in the Copa del Rey round of 16. Three interesting stats popped up from Frenkie De Jong, Lionel Messi, and Antoine Griezmann.
Frenkie De Jong has become Barcelona’s goal-scoring midfielder. In his recent games, Ronald Koeman decided to use him in the attack, and it looks like its truly paying off.
Frenkie De Jong has scored 4 goals in his last 7 games for Barcelona. Machine. pic.twitter.com/SuehXxWHlz— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 27, 2021
While Lionel Messi has missed quite some chances tonight, he got his goal and pre-assist for the game and continues to be the difference-maker.
Antoine Griezmann is in good form recently. Despite the fact that he was criticised a lot at the beginning of the season, it seems that he has finally found his rhythm.
Antoine Griezmann has now 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games for Barcelona.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 27, 2021
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.