Arturo Vidal spoke of his disappointment about not starting Barcelona’s match against Slavia Prague, following the 2-1 win, as reported by Diario Sport.
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The Chilean was brought on for Sergio Busquets in the 78th minute of the game, helping to see out the final moments, with his biggest contributions being 1 clearance and 2 aerial duels won, as per WhoScored.
While the 32-year-old was happy that his team won the game, Vidal did show his frustration at the fact he wasn’t on the pitch from the beginning:
Arturo Vidal: “I’m sad for not being a starter but the win is important.” [via sport] pic.twitter.com/isYvzU0ify
— barcacentre (@barcacentre) October 23, 2019
This comes in a season where the midfielder has often been left on the fringes, having started just 1 La Liga game so far, coming off the bench 7 times across the league and Champions League campaign.
However, many fans have shown very little sympathy for the Chilean, as they feel he is simply not good enough to be starting games for the club, especially with the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Arthur around.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the comment, including posts from unimpressed Barcelona fans, can be seen below:
Deluded dude. who do u wanna bench ? This coach has reduced this team’s style to thuggery, imagine Vidal still thinking he should start over FDJ or Arthur.
— la cre’me’ (@jumboeddie) October 24, 2019
I’m sad for you not playing well after you came in today!
— ELUMARFARUK_JR (@Elumarfaruk) October 23, 2019
not like he made a difference (this time). Played 12 mins and gave up the ball a bunch of times.
— Myles Dolphin (@myles_dolphin) October 23, 2019
We only have 2 top midfielders: Arthur and De Jong. The rest are only sub level.
— LOLA (@LK183) October 23, 2019
Say this to Alena
— IM10 (@imizgirFCB) October 23, 2019
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