Marc Bartra wants to leave the past behind and his return to the pitch could be immediate. Circumstances force Manuel Pellegrini to vary his defense against Atlético de Madrid due to the yellow penalty by Víctor Ruiz and many lights are directed at the Catalan defender: He has three months without playing and his options to jump to the eleven verdiblanco find this way of escape on the next day. Both he and Sidnei cling to the hope of being chosen to form the rear with Aissa Mandi.
Pellegrini already assured in his last appearances that Bartra is ready to be in the game after exercising normally for several weeks now. For the player, finding some consistency in the nine games that remain for the closing of the League becomes his great personal goal after a campaign marked by setbacks. Little more than 1,100 minutes adds up this season and now his fight starts from scratch in a competition with three other centrals who gained more credit with Pellegrini in the last leg of the League.
* Data updated as of April 6, 2021
Bartra looks to the present and also to the future. He wants to have a greater role in Heliópolis and next summer his name could be on the table of several teams. There is caution about continuity, although for Pellegrini it is a valuable piece and he already had him on a regular basis during the first leg of the League, although this coincided with the worst defensive performance of the Verdiblanco team.