A report from Catalonia says Ansu Fati has been “frustrated and disappointed” with life in Barcelona under Xavi Hernandez.
The 19-year-old failed to start a single La Liga match in 2022/23, his last appearance being 31 minutes against Elche at Camp Nou on Saturday in a 3-0 win that temporarily propelled Barcelona to the top. from the table.
His only appearance in the first starting lineup so far came against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League. And while the protagonist on the 5-1 trajectory of young Czech Robert Lewandowski was the triple champion, Fati was sent off after 65 minutes while failing to make any impact.
Against Bayern Munich in Barcelona’s biggest match to date, he only got 10 minutes off the bench and the score was already 2-0 for the Bavarians.
According to the then-popular Mas Que Pelotas Youtube channel, Fati is currently “frustrated and disappointed” by a lot.
His failure to call up Luis Enrique’s Spain squad on Friday only made matters worse, as he struggles to return to his best level on the pitch as demonstrated by his breakout season in 2019/2020 as he took the world by storm. He is 16 years old and has broken a number of youngest appearance maker and top scorer.
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez is particularly protective of his young player when he broached the subject of Fati’s playing time, and claimed there were no mental issues on hand for his performance.
“He’s fine,” Xavi replied in his pre-match press conference on Friday after Ansu was left out of Spain’s squad. “We are following a plan with him but we are being very careful. It is going well.”
Xavi insisted, “It will be important. It’s a different situation, it’s difficult to manage because he’s spent so long without playing. It takes time to restore this rhythm and intensity. We have to be careful.”
“Last season, we probably moved on with him too quickly and he was having a relapse (…) It’s not a mental or physical issue. It’s just that we have a specific plan for him. It’s coming little by little right now, we’ve decided to manage his involvement, but it’s not a mental issue.”
With two goals and assists in 150 minutes in La Liga, Fati’s comeback remains impressive.
However, given his age and undoubted quality, it is natural to understand that the young man wanted to play a prominent role in the Blaugrana fold.