The climb of Marc Bartra

La escalada de Marc Bartra

Marc Bartra accepted the challenge of rediscovering his best version after almost three years, leaving on stage a performance full of doubts. The Catalan did not start the course being indisputable for Manuel Pellegrini. He rotated in a defense that was changing pieces and was taking a game rhythm according to what was necessary to exploit his virtues. And they appeared. The improvement of Betis at a defensive level focuses much of the blame on Marc Bartra’s qualitative leap, which began to reflect the version of the game that he played in Heliopolis when he arrived in the winter of Quique Setién’s first year. The trail of those months continued in this closing of the campaign: He was untouchable for his coach and now he faces the planning period knowing that he does have a specific weight in the route marked out by the Chilean coach.

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Betis will play their defense this summer. The arrival of central defender Luiz Felipe, from Lazio, is tied up, and that will disrupt the current defensive organization chart that is available to Manuel Pellegrini. Along with Bartra, Edgar recently renewed, Víctor Ruiz has one more campaign left as a Verdiblanco and Pezzella had an important role for the technician in the key appointments of the course. In addition, the arrival of the Argentine meant a huge economic effort in the previous summer window. The unknowns multiply around the option of an exit, although Bartra dodges that route at the moment thanks to his total role with the Chilean.

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Photo of Bartra

In full closure of the campaign, Betis also handles the possibility of an early renewal of Bartra. The contract of the former Borussia Dortmund defender expires in 2023 and in Heliopolis they are clear that the objective is to tie all the cards for the future that provide reliability to their coach. Pellegrini found a certain defensive solvency in the second part of the course and is clinging to it to draw his aspirations for the future. Bartra is present in them as one of the letters that he broke expectations until he was once again the central defender that made Villamarín fall in love when he arrived.


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