Soccer World Cup 2022: Eric García, haunted by chaos

The Barça center-back, signaled within the defeat towards Sweden, suffers in relation to assembly quick forwards, however finds his finest asset in constructing the sport.

Eric Garcia tries to steal the ball from Isak.REUTERS

Eric Garcia He’s residing this new stage of his profession in a considerably chaotic method. After lastly closing his return to Barça after seeing how his signing remained within the inkwell within the two market home windows of final season, the central defender is giving one in all lime and one other of sand. On the one hand, it’s totally complying with what’s demanded of it when taking part to start with of the development of the sport. However, alternatively, the seams are additionally exhibiting in some defensive actions. One thing that, given his age (he’ll flip 21 on January 9), could also be comprehensible, however which, on the similar time, can also be a heavy burden to shine within the elite, each in his membership and, particularly, within the directing choice Luis Enrique.

With the Asturian coach he has turn into one of many regulars of the final requires the Purple. Luis Enrique has opted to incorporate it on his listing, thus far, a complete of 19 occasions. And, of them, he ran out of minutes in seven. Eric García, to this point, has performed three pleasant matches with the Spanish crew, two comparable to the League of Nations, three within the final European Championship and 4 within the qualifying part for the 2022 World Cup. Three of them began within the dock. In 9, in the meantime, he was a part of the eleven headline. To his credit score, he has six victories, 4 attracts and two defeats. Considered one of them, on penalties, towards England, within the semifinals of the continental event and when he had already been substituted on account of damage. Essentially the most cumbersome triumph, in the meantime, corresponds to the duel towards Germany within the League of Nations performed in La Cartuja. The crew, then, gained 6-0 and the azulgrana jumped onto the pitch as a aid for an injured Sergio Ramos.

The defeat towards Sweden, which tremendously complicates Spain’s choices to qualify straight for the World Cup in Qatar, uncovered what is maybe its best shortcoming: pace. In San Mamés, of their second official match with Barça, the brothers Williams they led him down the trail of bitterness. To such an extent, that he had no selection however to cease at fault the least of them, Nico, within the ultimate moments of the duel, to make sure that his crew gained at the least one level. The motion value him the pink one, however he didn’t hesitate for a second when it got here to enjoying it. Simply as he didn’t hesitate to leap onto the pitch, even though he had been knowledgeable that very same afternoon of the demise of his grandfather. In opposition to Sweden, in the meantime, he was one other very quick participant, Isak, the one who exploited again and again his weak level.


The principle weapons to fight this lack, amongst others, are positioning and anticipation. One thing that his present coach at Barça is aware of very properly, Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman didn’t shine for his pace all through his profession as a footballer. And it was even brazenly commented all through the geography that his waist resembled a tractor wheel. Eric García’s physique, on this case, isn’t as forceful as that of his technician. Nor, both, his method of stopping the boarding of rivals. With the Purple, in truth, you have not seen any cardboard but. Like him, nonetheless, his involvement in constructing the sport is one in all his strengths. There you’ll be able to see the mark of his coaching at La Masia. The good goal is to take care of possession of the ball.

Within the final European Championship, for instance, he managed to finish 277 passes of 288 makes an attempt. The overwhelming majority of them, 184 out of 188, had been of medium distance. The beliefs to make sure possession of the ball and, with it, the event of the assault. The quick go, with a complete of 52 accomplished in the identical variety of makes an attempt, alternatively, normally serves to counteract the strain of the rival. Lastly, the younger Barça center-back accomplished 41 journeys in size of 48 makes an attempt. One of the simplest ways to interrupt the rival protection and, as well as, the hallmark of the home of a Ronald Koeman who, like Luis Enrique, has full confidence in his potentialities, regardless of generally being imbued in chaos.