Brazilian gem gets a head start to convince new Barcelona coach

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Barcelona's Brazilian forward #19 Vitor Roque and Barcelona's Brazilian forward #11 Raphinha react at the end of the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and UD Las Palmas at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Barcelona on March 30, 2024.
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For many of the stars at FC Barcelona, this summer is all about international football. From South America to Europe, many players will be looking to make their mark. Many Barcelona stars will look to compete in the Euros in Germany, while the others will look to shine at the Copa America being held in the United States of America.

However, not every player gets to have the honor of representing their nation at the highest level. At times, this is not because of a lack of quality but due to other factors as well. Whether it be a lack of play time that season or injuries, even players at Barcelona do not always get the opportunity to have chances with their national team.

One such player this time around is Vitor Roque. The Brazilian sensation who arrived with high hopes is now expected to stay behind in Barcelona rather than compete in the Copa American with his compatriots. This decision to leave him behind possibly comes as a consequence of his lack of playing time.

However, almost every cloud has a silver lining that can be focused on. For Vitor Roque, as highlighted by MARCA, that silver lining could be the fact that Hansi Flick is now in Barcelona and is already in charge. With Roque having more time to interact with the coach as compared to his teammates currently on international duty, the 19-year-old striker has time to make an impression.

With Hansi Flick expected to train first with the players who are left behind and even possibly kick off the pre-season with them, Roque will have his chance to shine. As his agent, Andre Curry, himself stated not too long ago, Flick’s arrival will allow the young Barcelona striker to start from scratch: “Now, with the new coach, he starts from scratch.”

Roque also gains access to some additional days of vacation and gets time to continue working on his physician fitness. While he may not have been given the right opportunities under Xavi Hernandez, he certainly can shape his destiny to be brighter under the leadership of the new Barcelona head coach.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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