Barcelona Defended the midfielder
Andres Iniesta has leapt to the defence of Arturo Vidal.
The Chilean’s suitability to Barcelona‘s way of playing is sometimes questioned but the legendary former Blaugrana midfielder believes Vidal has lots to offer the team.
“He is a great player, that’s nothing new,” he told Canal de Futbol de Chile.
“He is a fundamental part of the teams he has played for and the national team.
“There are many opinions about the style of Barcelona, but a great player like him obviously has a place,” Iniesta mentioned.
“He has shown it and has always contributed with his qualities.
“Arturo covers a lot of ground. He goes forward a lot, tracks bak. He links up well and is a very physically strong player.
“He is very capable of playing for a team like Barcelona. Teams have to look for variability.”
Iniesta left as Vidal arrived at the Camp Nou in 2018 but he has played with other famous Chileans during his long Barcelona career, like Claudio Bravo and Alexis Sanchez.
“He left a great memory in the seasons he was there,” Iniesta said of Bravo.
“He was a wall,” he added.
On Sanchez, Iniesta also recalled positive aspects.
“He is a striker who has splendid qualities in one-on-one battles and is very fast.”