Torres makes long-awaited Barcelona debut
Tonight, Spain international star Ferran Torres finally completed his full debut in La Liga giants Barcelona. Blaugrana A clash with arch-rivals Real Madrid at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh during the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup.
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Torres is the first signatory of Xavi’s new regime At Camp Nou, the former Manchester City and Valencia striker completed 18 months in England under Guardiola after the iconic former midfielder replaced Ronald Koeman. €55m (£45m) move back to Spain.
The Valencia academy graduate was part of a front three that also included Netherlands international centre Luke de Jong and French winger Ousmane Dembele, but at the expense of Barca prodigy Ansu Fati and summer signing Memphis. Depay.
But Torres only completed 45 minutes of action Lost to Madrid tonight It was his first appearance since September 21 in a Carabao Cup third-round 6-1 victory over league side Wycombe.
It might be fair to say that the Spanish winger is barely able to file a lawsuit white people In a way that suits his abilities on the field.
Spanish starlet struggles in his first club appearance
“There’s a lot of appetite and enthusiasm, but it didn’t quite show on his debut.”
Spanish exports MARCA summed up the night perfectly Ferran Torres’ match score for 45 minutes didn’t really cement his influence over the Saudi capital’s lawsuit.
Before moving to Barcelona this winter, Torres began to emerge as a goal threat in the final weeks of the 2020-21 Premier League season, when he scored five goals in six appearances between games 31 and 38. The trend Continuing this season, scoring twice and providing an assist in Arsenal’s 5-0 thrashing of the Gunners, further evidence emerged on the international stage with Spain when he had 12 of 16 UEFA appearances. second goal. Nations League, World Cup qualifiers and Euro 2020.
For club and country, Torres’s scoring instincts in the attacking third and off-the-ball movement in combined play have proven crucial under Guardiola and Luis Enrique, who have won the Permits to roam and swap forwards, which allow him to work half-court rather than be isolated in ineffective positions.
Against Real Madrid, however, this was exactly the situation Torres found himself in, as Xavi appeared to ask the 21-year-old to find space on the right touchline rather than being more involved in multiple games .
As can be seen from the Sofascore heatmap above, he spends most of his time on the right flank in order to play in combination with right-back Dani Alves, who will often look to push forward and take advantage of opportunities that can lead to goal creation, but This certainly deprives Torres of his ability to contribute in a more efficient manner.
The only time Torres really came into a strong position to create or find the smell of the goal produced a cross that was ultimately blocked. In addition, he attempted just eight passes out of 17 touches all night, while being sent off five times and completing just one dribble.
Those numbers could easily have increased if Torres had been longer before the break, but if Barcelona were to get him to take value out of City’s hands, Xavi would have to do it in a way that would get him to their attention in midfield Use him. first place.