Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal's anger at lack of playing time at Barcelona

Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal's anger at lack of playing time at Barcelona

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El jugador chileno quiere tener más minutos y protagonismo en el equipo | sport

Vidal was annoyed to only play for five minutes against Getafe this weekend

Arturo Vidal was one of the players left out against Getafe. While many expected him to start against Bordalas' physical team, Setien surprised bu opting for control in the middle wit Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Arthur Melo.

That meant Vidal was left on the bench and it wasn't until the 85th minute, with Barça 2-1 up, that he came on, replacing Ansu Fati as the formation switched to 4-4-2. 

When he came on, in the five minutes he had, as usual, he gave his all, putting himself everywhere he could. But that doesn't take away that while he was warming up his expression was one of anger because of so little playing team -- even though he's recently had some fitness issues -- and there are images which show how annoyed he was. 

Last November, Vidal said he was sad not to play regularly under then-coach Ernesto Valverde and even said he would leave the club if his role did not change. 

Since Setien arrived, he's not been a regular, either. The midfielder doesn't have the profile the new coach wants, although he's had chances, including as a false nine at Real Betis last week. 

Despite everything, Vidal's been an important player this season. He's scored six times and set up two goals, while his effort and work-rate on the pitch cannot be questioned. 

Under Setien, he's made six appearances -- four in La Liga and two in the Copa del Rey -- for a total of 249 minutes. He started against Granada, playing 83 minutes; he came on for the final 34 minutes at Valencia; he missed Levante injured; he played 57 minutes at Betis; and on Saturday he featured for five minutes vs. Getafe. 

In the Copa, he played just nine minutes against Ibiza, 61 minutes against Leganes and was left on the bench in the defeat at Athletic Club in Bilbao. 

Vidal wants a bigger role. On Saturday, his face when he came on for Ansu said it all. 

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