STAT: Why Umtiti has to start in Barca defence

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has been real solid at the back, but was somehow not named in the line-up that played against Deportivo.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
13th March 2017

article:13th March 2017

The Cameroon star's presence was missed.
The Cameroon star's presence was missed.

After Barcelona’s surprise 2-1 defeat to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, question marks have been raised concerning selection by Luis Enrique.

Samuel Umtiti’s absence was duly felt by the visiting side and Barca paid the price by failing to put more pressure on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.


And, according to the WhoScored.com graphic below, Umtiti’s presence has been a surety of success for Barcelona and a guarantee of a league win for the team.

Barcelona have won all 15 games in which the 23-year-old has been named in the starting line-up.

In truth, the solidity Umtiti has had to offer is unrivalled in the Catalan squad.

And maybe now, we might see more of him, now that Barcelona has realised his worth, the hard way.


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