Barça’s Fair Improvement Against Alavés
Barça has shown a fair improvement against Alavés, aiming to regain their path to victory. However, despite knowing the direction they need to take, it seems challenging to completely change the negative emotions that lingered overnight. One particular Blaugrana footballer who frustrates the culés and even Xavi Hernandez is at the center of attention.
Kounde’s Struggles Against Alavés
In recent weeks, several Barcelona players have faced criticism due to the team’s overall decline in performance. Among them, Jules Kounde stands out as one of the responsible individuals who has negatively impacted his teammates. The French defender has failed to meet expectations and has been involved in tense situations.
Kounde, despite gradually establishing himself in the heart of the defense, has been inconsistent and unable to handle challenging situations effectively. Barcelona’s defenders are expected to outperform their opponents in any given circumstance, but lately, they have been nothing but disappointing.
During the match against Alavés, Kounde was repeatedly exposed at the beginning of the game. Young striker Samu Omorodion effortlessly outplayed him, leading Xavi Hernández to react by moving the French defender to the right-back position. Ronald Araujo, on the other hand, had no trouble containing Samu. Social media has been filled with comments criticizing Kounde’s performance, stating, “They have teased us.”
Kounde’s Dilemma at Barça
It is evident that Barça is facing a problem with Kounde. Last season, when he played as a right-back, he performed well. However, he desired a more significant role within the team and a return to the central defense. Kounde’s ambition is to play as a center-back, but the competition for that position is fierce, and he has not proven himself worthy of a starting spot.
Although Kounde was given another chance in the central defense against Alavés, it became clear that he lacks the necessary speed and quality to be a regular starter. Consequently, Xavi Hernández moved him back to the right side, as it caused more problems than solutions.
This punishment is a consequence of his poor performance. Additionally, Kounde faces stiff competition, and if he fails to deliver, players like Araujo, Iñigo Martínez, and Andreas Christensen will always surpass him.