Barcelona came out on top after a dramatic affair at the Camp Nou against Elche as the hosts outscored the visitors 3-2. Ferran Jutgla, Gavi, and Nico were on target for those in garnet and blue, while Ez Abde and Ousmane Dembele had convincing performances.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Frenkie de Jong. The Dutchman put up a really uncharacteristic showing against Osasuna and followed that with another underwhelming display.
Camp Nou were quick to show their displeasure about the same and whistled de Jong while he was being subbed off, according to Victor Navarro. That seems a bit harsh, to be fair. Xavi explained the situation as well:
“De Jong has given us things. He has perhaps not been as fluid as Gavi or Nico today, but he is making an amazing effort. He has had discomfort all week. It is a matter of fatigue, because has played practically every minute.”
FdJ played the most number of minutes across the top five leagues as well last season and eventually followed that up with continuous starts at the European Championships.
While Nico, Gavi have been a ray of light, fans must not forget de Jong’s performances last season that led the team to the Copa del Rey.
Moreover, if there is any truth to what Xavi said, the 24-year-old should not be risked and given the rest he so desperately needs.
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