Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig has opened up on his current situation at the club and has openly admitted it has been another “difficult season” for him at the Camp Nou.
Puig has managed just one La Liga start so far in 2021-22 and has only played a total of 336 minutes in all competitions. The 22-year-old told YouTuber Ibai that the season has been a struggle but he will keep working hard to try and gain chances to play.
“Yes, as you have said, it has been a difficult season. It is true that Xavi has come to a situation that is also difficult for him. I understand if Xavi plays other players before me,” he said. “It’s hard, because they are doing a phenomenal job, especially in midfield. The truth is that I will continue working training to see if I have any more opportunities.”
Puig has slipped further down the pecking order this season following the emergence of talented youngsters Gavi and Nico Gonzalez. Yet the 22-year-old insists he is still happy at the club.
“Barcelona is my city. I am very happy, I have my family, my friends, I want to succeed here,” he said. “It is true that now people are in a bit of a hurry and expect you to be a starter at Barça when you’re 20 years old.”
Barcelona and Puig face a tough decision on his future in the summer. The midfielder has been at the club since the age of 13 but must be tempted to seek a move away to get his stalling career back on track.
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Puig Calls Out Time Wasters
Puig was also asked about his current pet hates when it comes to football and called out the time-wasting that often blights the modern game. The midfielder explained why it’s such a problem and how he thinks it could be rectified.
“I think that the main problem with football right now I think is time wasting. I think that out of 90 minutes that are really played with the ball in play I think that an average of 50 or 60 minutes or less is played,” he said. “There has to be change, maybe they can stop the time when the ball is out of play.”
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