Chygrynskiy leaves after a difficult year
Dmitro Chygrynskiy is leaving FC Barcelona a year after signing from Shakhtar Donetsk. Despite his talent and obvious motivation, the young central defender never really settled in to the team.
Dmitro Chygrynskiy played his last match for Shakhtar Donetsk on 28th August 2009. Curiously enough
it was against Barça in the European Super Cup. Three days later he signed for Barça and made his
debut on 12th September against Getafe.
Barça won that game 0-2 but despite this auspicious
beginning, Chygrynskiy was destined to have a difficult year at the Club. The first Ukrainian ever
to play for Barça featured for just 1071 minutes, 881 in the league and 190 in the Cup. Much of the
‘blame’ for this was down to the excellent form and understanding between Carles Puyol
and Gerard Piqué, two of his direct competitors in the heart of the defence.
No chance in Europe or the Cup
It didn’t help that he was unable to take part in
the Champions League - he was ineligible having already played for Shakhtar Donetsk in the
qualifying phase. Barça’s early exit from the Cup also meant that there was little chance for
him to gain experience there. In the end the relentless demands of the Spanish league programme
meant that Guardiola was forced to rely on his more experienced centre halves.
No lack of motivation
However, despite these problems, Chygrynskiy continued to make a huge effort to integrate
into the team and the city. After just a few months he made his first statements to the press in
Catalan and at all times worked hard in the training sessions. Despite the mistakes – caused
perhaps by the enormous pressure piled on his shoulders – he was an exemplary member of the
Now he’s leaving the Club with the feeling that everything could have been so
different. Perhaps if he’d had more time to acclimatize, things could have been very
different. Good luck Dmitro!