Yeah fatigue cannot be understimated in a player's dip in form. He's irreplaceable in the team and hardly ever rested because of lack of depth and injuries to the other players. That might have affected his overall performance .For me he lost his steam, losing duel, missing first touch. I think partially because Hakan drops down deeper than usual to fill Brozovic's position. He has to cover more space than usual. I see him popping up in left wing a lot, more than all previous season. He seems fine in beginning but now it's like overloaded.
WC was more like 3 months ago? even you have more rest doesn't mean he can run full steam all time til the end of season.How can barella be burnt out? He's been rested more than our other midfielders. I'm fairly certain he has less minutes as he is subbed out more often than the others. And he had a month off before Christmas with no world cup.
Every time barella is shit everyone on here is saying he's tired. No other player gets the same leeway or excuses made for them.
He's been absolute shite since the world cup though, so rest wasn't the issue. He's just horribly horribly out of form. (and over rated)WC was more like 3 months ago? even you have more rest doesn't mean he can run full steam all time til the end of season.
I mean he is not up to the workload he's currently having, even in a match. You can see he fade away in late stage.
It's not excuse, he should be better in that regard, it holds him back.
I have defended him but it was pretty evident that he was shit yesterday. Hope he can bounce back because he’s our only creative player.
Nah. He's doesnt have the high level vision and passing of modric, Iniesta, kroos, jorginho, the spatial awareness of verratti, game reading ability of Kante to intercept passes. Granted he's no Guarin/Muntari, but "very" intelligent ?Like I said, the guy is very intelligent
Would probably help if he wouldn't give the balll away so carelessly. Last season it was Toro is tiring himself pressing on behalf of Kaku, then dzeko. Now Barella has to cover for Mhiki who plays on the opposite flank? Come on man.Feels like he is running out of steam and does not get to recover between games.