Arturo Vidal has backing of fans in war with Valverde

Love-hate relationship between player and coach

Posted Monday, December 03, 2018 by

Arturo Vidal has backing of fans in war with Valverde

One player that has experienced a roller-coaster ride since joining Barcelona is Arturo Vidal with his role and importance in the team constantly changing.

He was initially overlooked regularly by Ernesto Valverde and now he has forced his way into the side partly due to injuries.

Vidal began against Villarreal and when he was taken off in the second half for Alena, Valverde's decision was greeted with whistles from the Camp Nou faithful.

Fans initially took to him for being a sworn enemy of Real Madrid and they also took to his combative style. They didn't like the way he was taken off when playing Athletic Club and then the fact he came on in the 87th minute against Tottenham led to an angry response from the player.

Vidal put an emoji showing him annoyed on social media following the match at Wembley and it led to a breakdown in his relationship with Valverde.

The turnaround came with Rakitic injured and Vidal was given a chance that he took with good performances and goals. He was rewarded by starting away to PSV Eindhoven and then against Villarreal.

It is to be seen if there is any follow on now from Vidal's look of annoyance at being Valverde's first change though against Villarreal.

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