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Ousmane Dembele’s time at FC Barcelona is marked by murky environment which can by no means be clarified. So as to add to his many controversies over the past two and a half years, we should add the newest thriller – him not even being within the squad for Saturday’s sport in opposition to Levante.
Dembele had already fulfilled the 2 match ban for his expulsion in opposition to Sevilla. Within the coaching session previous to the duel with Levante he was seen smiling and apparently with none issues. Nevertheless, the shock got here when Barça made public the squad checklist – together with his absence. From the start, the membership mentioned it was a technical choice and didn’t challenge any medical assertion.
Ernesto Valverde’s assistant Jon Aspiazu pointed this out in his pre-match statements to Movistar, however on the similar time, the newspaper ‘l’Equipe’, in France, unfold the story on-line that the participant he had observed a ache within the final session and had stayed at dwelling as a precaution.
Info that hours later was denied by Ernesto Valverde within the press convention after the match on the Ciutat de València. “It is a technical choice,” he mentioned and recalled that “We have now extra video games within the coming days.”
The large query comes now. Will Valverde have Dembélé again to face Slavia? Luis Suarez was injured in Valencia and he now has Ousmane, together with Messi and Griezmann, along with the 2 children, Carles Pérez and Ansu Fati.
Purely hierarchy, usually obeyed by Barca coaches, Dembele ought to accompany Luis Suárez and Messi within the beginning line-up in opposition to Slavia. Nevertheless, Dembele’s state of affairs is at all times particular.
With the Gallic footballer there may be at all times the shadow of doubt. Valverde is a coach who by no means airs inside points, so it stays within the air if there are different motives behind his discard in opposition to Levante. Maybe some habits that the coach didn’t like in coaching or particulars that haven’t satisfied Valverde to return Ousmane to the beginning eleven despite the fact that his penalty is accomplished.
Valverde speaks right this moment
Barça’s coach faces a press convention earlier than the sport in opposition to Slavia right this moment and the case of Dembele shall be mentioned. Valverde can have the chance to reaffirm that he actually has him again any further or maybe reveal some form of discomfort, which had not been made public.
The easiest way to deactivate the controversy could be with the return of the Frenchman to get pleasure from minutes in opposition to Slavia Prague. In any other case, doubts about his bodily state and angle will seem once more.