Frenkie de Jong has been a starter in the five games that Barça has played this season and has already become the reference of the center of the Barca field. His numbers in Dortmund confirm this, but Dutch statistics reveal that not only in the Barça he touches the most balls, but he is also the one that ran most of the distance.
According to official statistics, De Jong traveled 11.46 kilometers in Dortmund, a figure that was not exceeded by any of his teammates. The five Barcelona players who ran the most in Dortmund were De Jong , Arthur , Griezmann , Lenglet and Piqué :
De Jong 11.46 km
Arthur 10.91 km
Griezmann 10.25 km
Lenglet 9.52 km
Piqué 9.29 km
De Jong was also, according to Opta data, the second Barca player who gave more passes (72), only surpassed by Arthur (77), confirming that in addition to possessing the balls, he completed the most number of passes.
Interestingly, the player with whom he most combined was Messi (9 times), although the Argentine only played the last half hour of the match. The Dutchman was also the player who received the most passes from Messi (5).
Arthur Melo started against Valencia and in Dortmund he repeated the same with Busquets and De Jong in the center of the starting line up. The Brazilian also played the full 90 minutes, something that has not happened for many months.
The last time Arthur played a full game with Barça was more than seven months ago, specifically on February 6, in the clasico match against Real Madrid. Since then, he had always been replaced or put as a substitute.
Arthur himself confessed last night at Esporte Interativa that “I had to improve in several aspects, I talked to the technicians, I trained hard, I made an extra sacrifice going back to training before … this is the way, and I want to thank the physical trainers and physiotherapists who have helped me with this specific work in the physical aspect ”
Arthur also admitted his good personal connection with De Jong , who said that “he is a great player, we understand each other very well.”