For more than eight years, Omar Da Fonseca has been commenting on the Spanish championship for BeIN Sports. The Argentinian details the Rafinha style. The Brazilian midfielder struggles to win in the Parisian midfield.
What do you like about Rafinha?
OMAR DA FONSECA. It is up to those players who are friends with the ball. He was trained as a playmaker. He’s a typical number 10: he has the pass, the dribble, the long play, a fine and subtle left paw, a fairly close touchdown cadence – he’s not a pusher. . His contact with the ball is very pure. This skill and body elegance does not come with statistics. He is beautiful to see but his influence is not good. In Spain, it is said that he is a player whose fruits have not exceeded the value of the flowers. The flowers are still beautiful, but the fruit is not very flavorful.
Is this what explains his difficulty in establishing himself as a holder in his career?
It is the type of player who comes in addition, a second knife. This kind of guy is never going to make the front page, doesn’t have an ego crisis or pride. A bit like Pedro, Lucas Vásquez, Jesus Navas or Isco. When they are young, everyone talks about them. At La Masia (Barça’s training center), Rafinha broke everything, he stood out from the crowd. Then, its qualities became too generalist. It has been used everywhere and it has never become indisputable, indispensable. He is handsome, elegant, he plays well but he cannot be the first violin or the drum, so we put him where there is a lack. Me, I would have liked him to play more.
Where can he fit into Pochettino’s 4-2-3-1?
The ideal is in number 10 behind the attacker. But he is not a player who likes to receive the ball back to goal, in the opposite direction. Where he will be best is facing the game in the middle in a 4-3-3. It lacks a punchy and sparkling side.
Wouldn’t he have had his place against Monaco (2-0 defeat) in the middle, instead of the Parades-Gueye-Herrera trio so uninventive?
A thousand times! Thomas Tuchel was doing the same. Paredes never goes in the last 30 meters. Maybe twice in his life, but no more. Herrera never connects with danger. Gueye, it’s the same. They are more in the application than the inspiration. They don’t take any risks. I don’t want that kind of players anymore! They tell me that they play clean but I want them to play dirty, that they leave crumbs. When you already have Paredes and Gueye, you have to put a Rafinha with them to play and make the link with the attack, get closer to Icardi. Parades and Gueye, if they are in the surface, they feel dizzy, they vomit!
Is it possible that a player never fits into a coach’s plans, as it seems to him?
Yes, I experienced it as a player and I heard it with a lot of coaches about certain players. Or the opposite. I don’t understand why Herrera played so much with Tuchel. I have nothing against it, but it is a complement. He is average-good in everything.
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