Loss of Barcelona not due to De Jong: ‘He tried really everything’

FC Barcelona left Thursday night to grab the leading position in La Liga. The Catalans lost with 1-2 of Granada and Frenkie de Jong could not change that. According to the Spanish media, the midfielder played an inconspicuous match.
El Mundo Deportivo saw a functional player in De Jong. He was doing his best, as it can be read, but it was not successful. In addition, the Spanish newspaper quotes an example from the first half, where the playmaker from Arkel broke across the right side and entered the penalty area in a promising position. However, his pass on Lionel Messi was not sharp and the opportunity was lost.
That particular moment is the reason for El Desmarque to give the former Ajacied a 5. They blame De Jong for not being able to give the Barcelona attacks that extra bit, making them really dangerous. The good shape of the past few weeks could not be exhibited by the Dutchman. He was there and participated in the attacks, but could not unlock anyone, concludes the newspaper.
However, there were also enough positive words to read about the performance of the number 21 of the Catalans. For example, website 90min.com found that he earned a 7 because he, along with Lionel Messi, is the player who gets the least rest and still delivers the most. The fact that trainer Ronald Koeman always drafts his Dutch pupil is logical, because he is essential to the team.
Despite the defeat, Marcas rapporteur was also enthusiastic about De Jong. The great attacking intentions ensure that the attackers of the Blaugranas can do their job, and Thursday evening the tireless, freshness and speed of the Orange-International were especially praised.
Finally Sport had a 6 left for the game of the ex-Ajacied. They also saw a motivated and energetic player who managed to speed up the game where needed and continue well.
Unfortunately, too often he stayed behind in an area where he could not pose any danger, the sports newspaper concludes, but he really tried everything.