Ernesto Valverde on the important of Arthur in midfield

A lot has been said about the importance of Arthur amid his three weeks out of the Barcelona side.

The Brazil midfielder was injured ahead of the game at bilbao but is now in the final stages of his recovery ahead of back-to-back games against Real Madrid in the La Liga and Copa del Rey .

Without Arthur, Barça drew with Athletic (0-0) in La Liga and Lyon (0-0) in the Champions League. They have beaten Real Valladolid (1-0) and Sevilla (4-2), both in the association.

« I have no doubts that he’s a great player, a different player who adds a lot, » Ernesto Valverde said. « We have had some extraordinary exhibitions with him yet additionally without him..

Ernesto spoke about the victories over RCD Espanyol and Levante UD as examples of playing well without him and also of the Lyon game last week: « We played truly well and just did not have the achievement [in the last third] that we had in Seville. »

The manager added: « When there are important players missing, there are others that fill in. We don’t rationalize when we don’t have players. »

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