There is no one who understands Ousmane Dembélé (Vernon, France; 23 years old), an anarchic footballer like few others, an extreme as great at times as absurd at others, the best possible to test anyone's nerves, the true king of chaos. Also the martyrdom of Sevilla, his favorite rival because he has scored four goals (more than any). The last one, last night. And as a striker.
Koeman repeated the 3-5-2 that he did so well in the last cup-butler match at Pizjuán (0-2), a system that places Pedri on the hook and Dembélé on top with Messi. A bet that pointed to Griezmann, again on the bench when Barça played chestnuts. "Ousmane gives the team more depth and with this system we can take advantage of his speed to reach the area with passes from Messi or other midfielders," reasoned Koeman after Leo assisted him at the Pizjuán and opened the scoring in the last league match. The same thing happened at the Camp Nou.
It was Dest who found him in the area as soon as the duel had stretched, but Dembélé fell asleep when he carried his leg and was left with the desire, also immobile and with his head down, as if nothing had happened . Later Pedri found him, who every time he received the ball already discounted a rival with control, another with the hint of the hip and a third if he felt like it because he does what he wants with the ball between his feet. But Dembélé also missed the shot, this time with his left foot and into the clouds. And the next one ended in a corner. But in the fourth shot he made a target. Although in his own way; He picked up a ball from Messi, lost it and recovered it instantly, he turned around, endured that Leo opened his arms asking for it and invented a whip from outside the area and to the squad that nobody expected, not even Vaclik, who made the statue to later collect the ball from the net. This time the kick was with the right and he even made that phrase that he released in his day, still beardless, when he played for Rennes almost made good: “I'm left-handed but I shoot penalties with my right; I shoot better. ”
The whole team hugged Dembélé, who was smiling and celebrating. Koeman did the same from the technical area, satisfied to recover a player for the cause when Valverde and Setién were left halfway, lost due to the lack of commitment from the French. Not now. This was explained by the player after a corner in favor and a sprint of 70 meters back to steal the ball in Ter Stegen's area . An effort never seen. So Koeman rewarded him with continuity, repositioned again in the band (by Dest) to leave the lead to Griezmann. From the wing he took out a center that Alba crashed on the crossbar.
Little else did – Piqué took care of that -, overloaded and stretching each time the game stopped after 18 games in a row playing, his best streak as a Barça player. So in the end, Koeman traded him for Braithwaite. Dembélé had served as a striker on occasion.