FC Barcelona won Sunday night with 3-2 from Real Betis thanks to a glorious inclination by Lionel Messi. The Argentine was supposed to rest, but just like Frenkie de Jong, he had to give up. De Jong did this after ten minutes and played with varying success as a defender.
The Spanish press was not very positive about the appearance of the occasional stopper from Arkel. El Desmarque gave him a 5 and made it record that De Jong “made some mistakes” when he played almost the entire game in the centre of the defense. They conclude that for the number 21 of Barcelona it is better to play near the enemy penalty area.
The rapporteur of El Mundo Deportivo also saw that the former Ajacied did not feel comfortable in defence. Although he played in a position that he often filled in with Ajax, he showed some disappointments, it can be read. De Jong would have been given more peace if Ronald Araújo was not injured.
Marca mentioned that, too. The Dutchman is labeled as the contingency plan to help Barcelona when the Uruguayan fell out and that proved, according to the newspaper, that De Jong is a multifunctional football player. Yet they also argue that the Orange-International is a different and better player when it is more active on the enemy half.
Finally, Sport assesses De Jongs performance with a sufficient one. They give him a 6 and claim that he performed the most important tasks as a central defender, after which he successfully moved to the midfield when trainer Ronald Koeman changed the lineup. According to them, the playmaker from Arkel is vital importance for this Barcelona.