Changes by Luis Enrique on the defensive line

The coach distributes the minutes between centre-backs in the axis of the defensive line

Changes by Luis Enrique on the defensive line
Changes by Luis Enrique on the defensive line

The coach distributes the minutes between centre-backs in the axis of the defensive line

On Saturday Piqué was dismissed out of the called-up list , but if we take a look at Luis Enrique's decisions on matches of this season we realize that it is not so weird that he make chenges on the defense, since he bets for rotations on the axis of the defense.

Between La Liga and Champions League Barça footballers who played most times as centre-backs starters are Piqué and Mathieu with 7 matches each. Mathieu still played two more matches as starter, but as full-back. After him there is Mascherano who played 6 matches as centre-back and 2 as centre, while Bartra was on the starting line-up 4 times.

Luis Enrique bet for rotations on the defense axis since the start of the season and the couple that Luis Enrique used the most is Mascherano-Mathieu, 5 matches, followed by Bartra-Piqué, with 4 matches:

  1. Mascherano - Mathieu: 5 matches 
  2. Bartra - Piqué: 4 matches
  3. Piqué - Mathieu: 2 matches
  4. Piqué - Mascherano: 1 matches

Piqué out of the list the routine by Luis Enrique to make him play alternate matches. He only missed 2 straight matches after Málaga, since Mascherano and Mathieu played against Granada and PSG.

Gerard Piqué

  • Starter: 7 matches
  • Reserve: 1 matches
  • On the bench: 2 matches
  • On the stands: 3 matches

Jérémy Mathieu

  • Starter: 7 matches as centre-back / 2 as full-back
  • Reserve: 0
  • On the bench: 1 matches
  • On the stands: 2 matches

Javier Mascherano

  • Starter: 6 matches as centre-back / 2 as centre
  • Reserve: 0 matches
  • On the bench: 2 matches
  • On the stands: 2 matches

Marc Bartra

  • Starter: 3 matches
  • Reserve: 3 matches
  • On the bench: 4 matches
  • On the stands: 2 matches