In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has analysed his first 18 months at the club, marked by inconsistency and a lack of confidence. Asked about the problems he’s had and having to adapt, the Portugal international said that it’s a “complicated problem.”
The former Valencia player has not been a regular during his two seasons to date. “The players that play in my position are really strong, in fact, they’re geniuses. It’s difficult to have continuity,” Gomes said.
The Portuguese has not been able to play for Barça as he did for Valencia: “I tried my best to adapt to the club’s philosophy, maybe it’s a little more difficult that I thought because I put a little too much responsibility on myself,” he added. Now he feels freer and is trying to “take some of the weight off myself and clear my head to take advantage of every moment at Barça.”
Asked about his ideal position, Gomes didn’t want to go into great detail, given his versatility has allowed him to play games. “I can play on the [centre] left or right of midfield, given I can use both feet, I can play wider, even though it’s not my position, or as a defensive midfielder, even though I like to have more freedom,” he explained.
Coach Ernesto Valverde had given him chances before his injury, as Luis Enrique had done, and both have always defended him in difficult moments.