Samuel Umtiti
Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, who is out with an injury sustained during the international break, has more problems to deal with. He was reported to be out of action for about six weeks and he went to the Cam Nou to watch his team’s match against Valencia.

This is when four masked men saw the opportunity to break into his house and rob the safe. According to the Sport, the neighbours reported to the police when they saw the door of Umtiti’s house open and the police are still investigating the incident.

Though his personal life might not have been particularly good for him, professionally he saw his team score five goals past Valencia in spite of injuries to the team’s major attacking players. Club captain and talismanic figure Lionel Messi is yet to feature in a game due to injury this season and Barcelona did not get off to the best of starts to 2019/20 LaLiga. Luis Suarez still recovering from injury led to the club’s newest memeber Antoine Griezmann take Suarez’s position up front for Barcelona.

But the most talked player for Barcelona in the past few weeks has been 16-year old sensation Ansu Fati, who has been given a string of opportunities in absence of Messi. Fati did not disappoint as he scored within two minutes in the match against Valencia.

While everyone was impressed by the teenager’s performance, the Barcelona manager was no exception.

“It is not easy for anyone to play for Barca, even less so for someone as young as Ansu Fati… It is not normal for him to score on the first ball, assist in the second,” Ernesto Valverde said after the match.

“Everything will be normalised, we are interested in him getting to know himself, that he realizes that this is very complicated. Wherever you are, the player who earns his place is the one that plays, there is no secret, the coaches want players to come out; if they are young and have energy you use them.”

“Ansu has qualities that suit us, we will see the potential he has.”

“I do not care if Ansu Fati’s start has been compared with Messi’s,” he further went on to say, “We know that the balloon will start rising now but we will deflate it, it is up to us to protect the player.”