“Sign of life”: Dembele gets air
Ousmane Dembele shines at FC Barcelona’s victory in Malaga. The team-mates and the press praise the Frenchman, who gets some air after the recent criticism.
The Spanish cup-winner FC Barcelona has also without superstar Lionel Messi the next step towards 25th place. Champion title.
The Catalans won 2-0 at the back of FC Malaga (2-0) and extended their lead over Atletico Madrid to eleven points for the time being.
In the absence of Messi, who was not in the squad due to the birth of his third son Ciro, Luis Suarez (15th) and newcomer Philippe Coutinho (28th) scored goals for the Barca victory.
The former Dortmund-based Ousmane Dembele prepared the second goal as a Messi replacement and showed many other good individual actions. After the final whistle he got a lot of praise from his colleagues.
“He did very well and showed what a great player he is,”said goalscorer Coutinho about his defender.
Former stalker Ivan Rakitic enthused:”We know what Dembele is capable of. It’s normal for him to need some time because he’s been injured for a long time, but we see what’s in him every time he works out.”
After his move from BVB to Barca, Dembele had had to contend with injury problems and suffered a lot of criticism of his lifestyle.
Recently, there has been some trouble with the 20-year-old’s party trip and a private chef, whom he fired against the recommendation of his employer.
On Saturday evening in Malaga he produced positive headlines for the first time:”Dembele sends signs of life. This way he can give Barca a lot of pleasure,”said the Madrid sports paper AS after the compulsory victory.
Barca’s magazine Sport wrote:”Mosquito Dembele begins to sting! That was by far his best performance in the barca jersey. Excellent.”
On Sunday Barca’s Atletico wants to respond to the strong Dembele performance. The Rojiblancos receive Celta Vigo (from 4.15 pm in the LIVETICKER).