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Stigmatized and all the time in search of a participant to level the finger at, guilt has a foul press in soccer. Iñigo Martínez didn’t do away with that previous Judeo-Christian recipe keen to seek out somebody accountable, particularly in dangerous occasions. On the night time that Barcelona returned to the Champions League spherical of 16 after three seasons, Xavi's boys performed a very good recreation in Naples. “One of the best of the season,” the teaching workers celebrated. However, Barça solely earned one level. And all eyes fell on Iñigo Martínez, as astute to overhaul the group within the play that resulted in Lewandowski's aim as he was naive to let Osimhen win the place within the Naples tie.

The Basque central defender walked alone by way of the labyrinth of corridors within the catacombs of Diego Armando Maradona to get to the bus from Barcelona. He had an unfriendly face, with no want to smile, a lot much less discuss. He had been marked because the individual answerable for Naples' tying aim. “I had to wait for it. It was not necessary for him to try to anticipate a strong forward like Oshimen,” analyzed a member of the teaching workers. The Big Data, in any case, the identical one which in accordance with Xavi Hernández would instantly give Barcelona the management within the League, doesn’t ponder any error by Iñigo Martínez in Osimhen's aim. “In yesterday's action, although at first glance it seems like a mistake by the central defender, statistically it is not. He fell in a struggle. He did not fail a pass to a teammate that enabled a rival or failed in an action that led to a goal situation where there was none,” explains Albert Valor, one of many specialists who works for Statsperfom, one of many massive statistics corporations within the sport.

Barcelona, ​​in any case, achieved its third greatest defensive work of the season in Naples. “It was an opportunity and a goal. We had a great game,” mentioned Araujo, Iñigo's dance companion. And Xavi added: “We dominated 75 minutes and their first shot on goal was a goal. It is a pity. This is the Champions League. We have not been effective, it is the summary of the season.” Barça acquired six pictures (just one on aim: the aim) in comparison with Antwerp's three (one) in Montjuïc and Getafe's 5 (two targets) within the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum. The energy of Naples' ahead line, in any case, exactly with Osimhen as its most reference, has extra soccer and glamor than that of Antwerp and Getafe, two video games through which Iñigo Martínez didn’t take part.

Xavi trusts within the expertise, however basically within the soccer of Iñigo Martínez. And he didn’t need surprises in opposition to Naples. “We have not thought about a question of seniority, only about competing in the best way and it is true that Iñigo gives us strength and ball delivery,” Xavi warned within the preview of the duel on the Diego Armando Maradona. The fact is that, with the Real Sociedad-bred centre-back on the again, the Barça protection feels safer, and naturally the group too. With the Basque on the sector, Barcelona has achieved a 66% victory price; with out it 55%. Furthermore, and most significantly for Xavi, with Iñigo as a left-footed centre-back, Barça conceded a mean of 1.1 targets per recreation. And, when he’s not there, the statistic rises to 1.6. 45% extra.

Iñigo Martínez was one of many strategic signings of the earlier sports activities administration. Mateu Alemany and particularly Jordi Cruyff, whose important goal was to seek out gamers who had been out of contract, rapidly set their eyes on the Athletic centre-back. They spent lengthy days in Bilbao and satisfied the Basque that Xavi's Barcelona was a greater choice than Atlético de Madrid and likewise the tempting gives from the Italian league. Xavi and Cruyff had been accountable for convincing him on the sporting aspect, whereas Mateu did so on the financial aspect. And so he turned the primary Barça reinforcement of the summer time, though formally the primary to be introduced was Gündogan.

Barça didn’t make a mistake with Iñigo, a flash of sunshine within the Barça group's protection this season. Although this time the blame pointed to the Basque. And Osimhen's aim eclipsed Iñigo Martínez.

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