DI completely understand the veracity of Marco Polo’s travels to and from China, these did remain on the books those famous silk routes that distributed the wealth of the Asian giant to the rest of the world until reaching Europe. The round trip of Carrasco to China could perfectly be a new silk road this time with the Athletic as a great beneficiary.
The Belgian, left the Athletic At the end of February 2018 he headed to the exotic Chinese league in an operation at least bizarre. Two winters later, at the end of the 2020 winter market, he returned to Atlético with a clear objective: to recover his best version and win a place in the Belgian team for the Eurocup that had to be disputed that summer. Then would come the pandemic and the most important tournament of national teams at European level would be postponed.
This round trip Spain-China, China-Spain, has brought back the best version of a Carrasco who has been losing prominence in his team as the months of stay in China progressed. At the beginning of the Asian experience he practically did not notice the change of league. As time went by, he was losing presence in the eleven until he became a catalyst rather than the key player he wanted to be. The second season in China It coincided with the qualifying phase for the Euro and the Belgian of the ten games that his team played was only a starter in two.
His return to Athletic It did not mean a sudden change in terms of his role in the national team. It has been his end of the course as a rojiblanco that has catapulted him as an essential footballer for Roberto Martinez. A starter in the last two friendlies before the start of the tournament, he did the same in his debut against Russia, becoming one of the most outstanding players for the Belgians. Now, it is his turn to confirm that it is a reality within one of the strongest teams in the tournament. His round trip changed his life.