It is very important that we, the team and everyone, continue to gain confidence in Oscar Mingueza. Despite the defeat and two goals conceded against Sevilla, his performance at the Sanchez Pizjuan was very reassuring and exactly what we needed considering our situation and what we have ahead.
In a tough scenario, Mingueza was very attentive for loose balls, rebounds or blocks. He did lose an almost decisive duel with Youssef En-Nesyri, but that’s something we should expect from him. In his positioning, the Catalan was concentrated and then was very proactive to look for superiorities in build-ups. He carried the ball, fixated rivals and broke lines. Certainly one of his strengths.
Before the Sevilla clash, Ronald Koeman said that where the 21-year-old had most room for improvement was in his “defending orientation” — it’s unclear whether he meant his approach in defence or, I guess, his body orientation. When he was deployed at right-back, Mingueza’s body orientation could be flawed, he was many times caught by rivals and he could make too many fouls. But that’s a position he wasn’t used to, and everything changes at centre-back.
Mingueza likes to be facing play and occupy one of the centre-back slots. He can generate more advantages from there. The La Masia youngster is satisfactorily fulfilling his role and we must give him the benefit of the doubt. As threatening as PSG can seem, we must trust Mingueza, because we need him and he has earned it.