Barcelona don’t miss Iniesta when they have Arthur – Essien
Arthur Melo’s arrival has helped Barcelona adapt to life without Andrés Iniesta ahead of the first Clásico of the season, as indicated by previous Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien.
The Brazil international has slotted in alongside Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets in Barça’s midfield and has attracted correlations with one more of the club’s notable present day players, Xavi.
Arthur joined from Grêmio for an initial €30million expense in addition to €9million in conceivable factors, with his exhibitions, especially in the Champions League which recommends Barça got a deal. Furthermore, with the 22-year-old set to confront Real Madrid on Sunday at Camp Nou, Essien feels Arthur has been the ideal swap for previous skipper Iniesta, who joined Japanese side Vissel Kobe prior in the year.
« They have marked this youthful Brazilian, he looks like such a decent player, » Essien told Omnisport. « Regardless they have [Ivan] Rakitic and [Sergio] Busquets, so it’s for all intents and purposes the equivalent. You don’t generally feel the nonappearance of Iniesta in there, in any event right now. It’s a disgrace he left yet that is football would it say it isn’t? »
Genuine Madrid on the stones
While Barça top LaLiga notwithstanding Iniesta’s takeoff, Madrid have attempted to adjust following the stun offer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, with Julen Lopetegui supposedly on the very edge of being sacked. A 2-1 win against Viktoria Plzen finished a five-diversion keep running without a triumph in all rivalries, yet Essien feels Madrid can in any case triumph in the Clásico in spite of their poor shape.
No Messi, no CR7 on Sunday
Barça captain Lionel Messi will also miss the fixture due to a fractured arm, meaning it will be the first Clásico without either the Argentina genius or Cristiano Ronaldo since 2007. Essien, however, does not feel the match has lost any of its brilliance in spite of Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta all being missing. « Obviously it’s the best, » he proceeded. « Playing in El Clásico is a standout amongst the most paramount features in my profession. I played four Clásicos, won two, drew as well, I never lost. It’s such a big game, and the whole world wants to watch it. »