FC Barcelona Coutinho still out
Ousmane Dembele has been the centre of attention for Barcelona during the latest international break, a role derived from an absence to a training because he stayed in his house asleep.
The club didn’t hide it and Ernesto Valverde left the Frenchman off the list against Betis.
Another reason to talk more about Dembele and not only from the media, was because his colleagues asked for more professionalism from the player.
Valverde tiptoed around the subject in his press conference, conscious of everything that had already been said about his footballer.
“He is one more player in the squad and we all try to help him to give his best version,” the Basque coach said to reporters.
“I know that there is a lot of talk about him because there has been a lot of free time.
“He has something that is hard to find and we hope that he will give us the best, obviously we are in a club where there is great pressure for everyone.”
After training, Valverde‘s squad list was revealed and the forward was included.
The coach’s decision must be understood as an end to the saga, the punishment is over and from now on a new stage begins.
Now it’s Dembele‘s turn.
The player knows that his credit is in question and will have to be apply himself both on and off the pitch.
If his performance is up to standard, he will close a complicated chapter, but if he is not able to do so, his future at Barcelona looks bleak.
The surprise on the list was that Coutinho who was left out.
Valverde had already said that he didn’t want to take any chances, and the Brazilian has been out of action in the last three weeks.
Barcelona squad to face Atletico Madrid: Ter Stegen, Cillessen; Semedo, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Arthur, Arturo Vidal, Rafinha, Alena; Messi, Suarez, Dembele, Munir and Malcom.