Odegaard and Puig symptomatic of Real Madrid and Barca’s struggle to change

Riqui Puig scored his very first objective for Barcelona versus Elche last weekend after being circled around as one of the world’s most interesting skills nearly a years back.

In 2014, the Barcelona paper Mundo Deportivo savored the 14-year-old born in Catalonia, who understood Xavi Hernandez personally and may even one day play like him.

“He’s a great little footballer,” the Catalan paper composed. “He plays between the lines and he’s got fantastic talent. Just as fantastic as his personality.”

In the very same year, Martin Odegaard, just a year older than Puig, was currently representing Norway and being revealed around Genuine Madrid’s training school, not due to the fact that he had actually joined them however due to the fact that they were attempting to convince him to.

“Martin Odegaard is 15 years old and already tired,” composed Marca. “Of hearing offers from all the big clubs in Europe.”

And yet 7 years later on, Puig was being replaced on Wednesday by Ronald Koeman with Barca 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey.

Odegaard was being revealed around another training school today, this time in Hertfordshire in England, where he signed up with Toolbox on loan.

“Martin has been playing at the top level for a while,” checked out Toolbox’s declaration.

Puig, now 21, is remaining to eliminate for his location while Odegaard, 22, has actually gone with a clean slate however both have actually been sidelined by their coaches, regardless of hopes they would be essential as their clubs aim to the future.

The frustration has actually developed stress, with Koeman significantly upset by what he views as too difficult a push for Puig to be in his group.

“It’s as if I have a problem with him and that is not the case,” stated Koeman. “It’s not good for me or for Riqui.”

Zidane’s future remains in doubt, in part due to the fact that he declines to welcome the club’s vision for the future, which has Odegaard at its heart.

“You have to prove yourself with the competition there is here, which is fierce,” stated Zidane. “You have to show it.”

Which pleads the concern, have they revealed enough? And have they been provided the opportunity to?

After a years of supremacy in Europe, Barcelona and Genuine Madrid are at completion of an cycle, both confronting a requirement to alter while likewise not sure how to execute it.

Zidane was reminded clean up the mess in 2019 while Koeman was viewed as somebody able to start the shift.

However neither can manage to await Puig and Odegaard to measure up to the buzz. Their tasks depend upon outcomes, especially while their groups are having a hard time, adrift in La Liga and no longer thought about elite in the Champions League.

Atletico Madrid are wanting to extend a seven-point lead over Genuine Madrid when they play away at Cadiz on Sunday.

And with arenas still empty, the feel-good element of a preferred like Puig playing in front of fans is gone too. When he slaloms through, there is no rise of assistance in the stands. When he is replaced, there are no problems either.

It is possible Puig and Odegaard are not rather sufficient, that both will have differentiated professions, however somewhere else, where the needs are less extreme. In their positions, especially, Barca and Madrid just accept the very best.

And yet the stagnancy likewise indicates the awkwardness of Spain’s 2 most significant clubs ushering out the old and generating the brand-new.

Odegaard might be the future however couple of would argue he needs to be playing ahead of Luka Modric versus Levante on Saturday. Puig might be a professional passer however at what expense would it be to Barca’s strength in Sunday’s video game versus Athletic Bilbao?

Where Koeman has actually promoted youth it has actually frequently been through need, Ronald Araujo impressing at centre half, Sergino Dest filling a space at best back, Pedri amazing in assaulting midfield.

However for those not rather all set, expectation is not just disposed of however maybe destructive, the requirement for perseverance even less attractive to coaches concentrated on preventing crisis.

Rather, Odegaard has actually gone and Puig remains however both stay in limbo, years on from when the enjoyment initially started to construct, still awaiting their minute to come.

Components (perpetuity GMT)


Genuine Valladolid v Huesca (2000)


Eibar v Sevilla (1300), Genuine Madrid v Levante (1515), Valencia v Elche (1730), Villarreal v Genuine Sociedad (2000)


Getafe v Alaves (1300), Cadiz v Atletico Madrid (1515), Granada v Celta Vigo (1730), Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao (2000)

Monday Real Betis v Osasuna (2000)


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.