We are still quite early in the 2020/21 season but it’s safe to say that Barcelona’s start to the campaign was far from perfect. The team seems to be struggling at both ends, failing to keep their defence tight and attack lethal.
However, there’s good news too. The 18-year-old wonderkid, Ansu Fati, is firing on all cylinders and seems to be having an incredible second season with the first-team. Of course, that was kind of expected from him after a great break-out campaign in 2019/20 but not many would’ve predicted him to be Barcelona’s top scorer and assister after the first couple of months in the new season.
Fati has already scored five goals and registered two assists under his belt, edging out Lionel Messi in the former category and matching his tally in the latter. But while this is excellent for the youngster and his development, it’s also a bit worrying for the club that an 18-year-old kid is the only one performing in front of goal.
Yes, Messi has four to his name but all four have been from the penalty spot, while the likes of Ousmane Dembélé (2), Philippe Coutinho (2) and Antoine Griezmann (1) are still struggling to get on the score sheet regularly.
Not to mention that ‘own goal’ is once again making his contribution with two this season so far. That, of course, is a running joke among the fans since own goal has been Barcelona’s most consistent finisher last year after Messi himself.
Fati’s development has been incredible but the team as a whole will simply have to step up if the Azulgranas are to recover their form.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.