They are not marks to compete in athletics, but for a footballer they are not bad: 8.58 in 3,000 meters, 15.57 in 5,000 and 38.08 in 10,000. These are the challenges that have been imposed during these three months without football Arturo vidal, Barcelona midfielder who has been posting his records on social media on tape during confinement and, also, during the first days of training with his teammates.
The Chilean, who just turned 33, works in the morning at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper under Quique Setién and in the afternoon complement your physique with a personal trainer, compatriot, who usually lives with him and with his partner for years in their different destinations.
Obviously, the one who runs the most or resists does not shine with a ball, but what Vidal does helps and defines him as a footballer: intensity, character and combative spirit, without forgetting a better touch of the ball than is said, for something he was a starter at Bayern by Pep Guardiola, and an arrival at goal that makes him different from his teammates in the midfield of Barca. What is not so clear is that all this will serve to continue in the club at the end of this season.
Vidal ends contract on June 30, 2021 and appears in all the pools of the new international market that is coming, that of barter or exchange currencies. It is the last opportunity for Barça to deposit money (or to stop paying it to another club) for a footballer who maintains his international lineup. In the ‘Lautaro Martínez operation’ with Inter, in the ‘Pjanic operation’ with Juventus. It also sounds like the new rich man in world football, Newcastle. And he has already made it clear that he feels “better than ever at Barça” and does not think about leaving.
He signed for three seasons in 2018. He has never felt like an indisputable starter at Barça, neither with Ernesto Valverde nor with Quique Setién, but he has ended up playing a lot, becoming the classic player number 12. In these two seasons He has been the Barça footballer who has played the most games entering from the bench. And despite this, only Leo Messi and Luis Suárez have scored more goals and have given more assists in La Liga at this time than the Chilean (9 and 9). His colleagues want him by their side, for quality, commitment and friendship, because se relates well to the ‘bosses’ of the dressing room: Messi, Suárez, Piqué and Alba, whom he points out as his best friends at Barça.
A different player
Setién has confessed that he needs a “different” player like him, what would become the “tactical disorder” that Valverde valued more as a virtue than as a defect. AND the fans connect with their fight. Against it is the environment obsessed with the Barça philosophy of possession and the financial needs of the club. What happens to him is a mystery, but due to his physical form he is called to play a lot in these eleven summer days.
«These eleven games are going to be eleven finals, we are all clear that they will be very difficult. We do not have to trust ourselves, we must think about winning and doing it in the best way, “said the midfielder this Saturday in statements to the club’s media, assessing the progressive return to normality:” It was an incredible joy to return to training, these Two months locked up were quite long. You enjoy a lot when you are in the field with your companions, they are very nice experiences to live. But now we are coming back and we are doing very well, we are facing some very important months. It was exciting to come back after what happened. With partnes. A lot of joy and a lot of conversation at a distance, trying to tell how each of us has had it.
Also, sIt was his ninth consecutive league after those achieved with Juventus (4), Bayern (3) and Barça last season.: «It would be a dream to win nine leagues in a row, achieving a record with so many cups is very difficult, but I still feel good to continue fighting and winning trophies. Few players have done it in history and I am proud, I hope to win the ninth here with Barcelona, ”he confessed.