As Ansu Fati struggles to meet the huge expectations placed on him, his father took out the sulfateuse to attack Barça.
After two particularly complicated last seasons, FC Barcelona has regained its colors since this summer. At least in La Liga, where the Blaugrana are 12 points ahead of Real Madrid and are therefore heading for the 27th league title in their history. A revival that owes a lot to its young shoots, Gavi and Pedri. An expected time to forget Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati struggles on the other hand to confirm the promises placed in him. Consequence in particular of the injuries with which he had to deal with the last two seasons.
Spared this season, Ansu Fati is nonetheless reduced to the bare minimum with only 38 appearances in all competitions, Xavi essentially confining him to a substitute role as evidenced by his 10 tenures. And his statistics – 6 goals and 3 assists – hardly plead in his favor. According to the Catalan press, the Barcelona striker would find this situation more and more difficult and some even say he is depressed.
“Ansu is perfectly fine, happy. He is very well in his head and everything. How can he be depressed if he has his family and someone to talk to. He comes back from training and is happy,” nevertheless assured Bori Fati, the father of the Barcelona striker. And this before attacking the Blaugrana club. “Why doesn’t Xavi play him? Good question. Ask him the question. I don’t have an answer to that either and he, as a coach, will have his reasons.” he first launched in a measured tone.
But Bori Fati quickly became more vehement. “I am angry, yes, as a father. I called Mateu (Alemany). I think he deserves a lot more to play. When you are at Barça, you know where you are and that there are a lot of internationals. But we are talking about Barcelona’s number 10, and when he played before he got injured, it was Messi, Luis Suárez, Dembélé, Griezmann and Ansu who played. Tell me which attackers are better than the ones I mentioned to you in Europe? “, he continued, adding: “What bothers me is what’s going on. He’s your player, number 10, and he took it when no one was around to take Messi’s 10. What bothers me is the way they treat Ansu. One minute (of play), two minutes, three minutes, that’s what bothers me. I’m not asking that he be a starter because all the attackers who are there are phenomena. We are talking about Ansu Fati, a player from the Spanish team, and in addition he is from Barça, from La Masía. If he doesn’t give her time, who are they going to give it to? »
“The first thing Mateu tells me is that Ansu is the heritage of the club, that’s the first thing he tells me. They bet a lot on Ansu, he tells me that clearly. When he speaks with Jorge (Mendes), the first thing Ansu says is that he won’t leave Barca”, he continued, half-opening the door to a departure: “For Ansu, yes he will play at Barça next year. But it will depend on what Barca want. If it’s for me, I want to see Ansu succeed because he’s a guy who wants to succeed. There are things that cannot be discussed. In a month, we will meet Jorge Mendes. Every month we see each other two or three times. ”