Marcos Alonso may not be playing much football for Barcelona at the moment, but he’s still reportedly playing a key role behind the scenes.
Diario Sport reckon the veteran has emerged as an important mentor to the team’s young players this season.
The report reckons that Alonso has not been sulking about his lack of game time and has instead put his efforts into doing all he can to help the team.
He spends a lot of time with the youngsters in training and is using his vast experience to help the players adapt to the demands at Barcelona.
Alonso did get onto the pitch in Sunday’s win over Athletic and was one of the first to congratulate Marc Guiu on his winner.
The left-back has only made two La Liga starts so far this season but could be in line to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League next.
Alejandro Balde could be rested for the tie, with Xavi having one eye on the Clasico, which would potentially see Alonso start at left-back.