Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is demonstrating that he was one of the best signings made by Barcelona last summer. His presence in the team is not just a guarantee of success, but his absences are leading to slip ups.
Umtiti was one of the players left out by Barça boss Luis Enrique at Real Betis on Sunday. He was one of the defenders rotated out of the side and it ended up costing the Blaugrana.
The French centre-back remained on the bench, watching his teammates, and did not come on for even one minute. That's happened on nine other occasions this season and in all of them -- except two -- the result has been similar.
One statistics shows the dependence Barcelona have on Umtiti. Maybe it's a question of luck, but the reality suggests it must be more than just that now.
In the 10 games that he has missed this season, Barcelona have won two, drawn six and lost two. It's a genuine 'Umtitidependencia' given that they have won all the league games when he has played.
Barcelona were unable to beat Betis, Villarreal, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Malaga, Celta Vigo, Atletico Madrid and Alaves. In all of those games Umtiti didn't play. In contrast, they did beat Deportivo at Camp Nou (4-0) and Sporting Gijon at El Molinon (0-5) without him.
Betis - FC Barcelona : 1-1 Villarreal - FC Barcelona: 1-1 FC Barcelona - Real Madrid: 1-1 Real Sociedad - FC Barcelona: 1-1 FC Barcelona - Málaga: 0 - 0 FC Barcelona - Deportivo: 4 - 0 Celta - FC Barcelona: 4 - 3 Sporting - FC Barcelona: 0 - 5 FC Barcelona - Atlético Madrid 1 - 1 FC Barcelona - Alavés: 1 - 2