It became an issue before that. when Pep decided Fernandinho could replace Kompany and Rodri could replace Fernandinho it became a problem. Neither came close to doing that this season. We could have coped with Laporte’s injury had those replacements been betterI don’t agree with that. If we really wanted someone why didn’t we just ship Otamendi out?
The centre back position only became an issue after Laporte got injured and nobody could predict that happening.