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Diario Sport expert Sergi Capdevila assesses Clement Lenglet, Arthur and Arturo Vidal who earned their first La Liga starts for Barcelona. Unfortunately, the Frenchman was wrongly sent off in the first half which affected the whole game. Eventually, the match finished with a 2-2 draw.
'It's unlikely he will have fond memories of his first league start for Barca. In the 35th minute, Gil Manzano showed him the red card after turning to VAR to review a clash with Pere Pons. The referee decided that the centre-back had elbowed Pons in the face, presumably voluntarily. Barça were 1-0 up at the time and well on top. Everything changed then. Until then, the former Sevilla centre-back had done well. The player was good with the ball at his feet. It's a shame that this red card will haunt his full La Liga debut for Barca at Camp Nou.'
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'Not at 100 percent physically still and that, for a player with his characteristics, tells. The Chilean was active in the first half and even set up the opening goal for Lionel Messi. He picked the Argentine out brilliantly for a fine first time finish inside the area. As the game progressed, though, his involvement decreased and the minutes took their toll on him (he had to double his efforts with 10 men) until he was taken off in the 58th minute for Rakitic. He still needs time to be able to complete a full match.'
'It's not concerning at this stage, but the Brazilian's first league start was disappointing. Wasn't involved in many big moments, didn't offer himself as much as expected and didn't help to create - he hardly featured in the attack. He looked motivated but at no point was able to link with the front three and didn't have a great understanding with his new teammates. Lenglet's red card didn't help because Busquets had to drop back into defence briefly and Arthur was left deeper in midfield. In the 58th minute, along with Vidal, he was taken off, replaced by Coutinho.'
Not everyone, however, holds the same opinion. Plenty of Blaugrana fans were rather satisfied with the young Brazilian's performance in the midfield.
We play way better with Arthur in midfield! It‘s pretty static without him. Really like it.— RAPHI🎗 (@BCN_Raphi) September 23, 2018
Arthur is brilliant. It’s like he’s been listening to everyone saying he needs to pass forward even MORE (and he has)— Monzi (cvg) (@Magic0fBarca) September 23, 2018
Another Brazilian youngster, Malcom, could be handed his first-time La Liga start already this Wednesday against Leganes away. The 21-year-old was finally declared fit on Monday following his ankle sprain which lasted for three weeks.