One of the main novelties

One of the main novelties once the league returns will be the use of substitutions. As in the Bundesliga, each team will be allowed to make 5 substitutions, which will have to be separated into a maximum of 3 different blocks – half-time does not count as one of these blocks, though.

The number of options for managers will increase, and the teams with a great squad depth and more quality on the bench will be the ones benefitted the most by this new rule. More tools means more alternatives and possibilities to change the dynamic and result of the game.

Atlético de Madrid is the team with the most players with +800 minutes in this La Liga season: 17. In other words, 17 Atleti men have played an average of at least half an hour per game this term. After Atlético, Barcelona is tied with Valencia, Eibar, Granada, Leganés and Levante. With injuries and quality, we have rotated our XI quite a lot. We have 16 players with +800 La Liga minutes. Sorted from more to less minutes, they are: Ter Stegen, Piqué, Griezmann, De Jong, Messi, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Lenglet, Semedo, Alba, Suárez, Arthur, Rakitić, Vidal, Umtiti and Junior.

That said, I kind of agree with Setién that this new rule could not be too beneficial for us: ❛ I think this will do us more harm than good. Many games are resolved in the final minutes and now rivals will have more fresh players in this phase of the match, where we tend to take advantage of their fatigue ❜. With our possession style, opponents get more and more exhausted in chasing the ball. In that sense, this could negatively affect. But, thankfully, we have a deep squad and with many young talents that could be getting their much-deserved minutes.

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