FC Barcelona boss Quique Setién is not giving up on Ousmane Dembélé. Setién considers the Frenchmen’s return vital, and believes that he can play key role in winning the Champions League title.
Setién knows what Dembélé can bring to the team: Dembélé has the ability to dribble, create spaces, and shoot from both sides of the field. Both on the left and right-wing, Dembélé forces the defenders to stay on their position and not help their team in the attack. The player would give Lionel Messi more space. Because of this, Setién was dreaming of coaching the Frenchman ever since being appointed.
Dembélé is currently continuing his recovery process at the Ciutat Esportiva, and he is not far away from returning. Next week, the player is expected to start working with the team. Even though it is still unknown when Dembélé will return, one thing is sure: if Dembélé can even have 20-30 minutes for Barcelona in the Champions League, he may be key.
Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche
Barça midfielders Philippe Coutinho and new signing Miralem Pjanic spoke to the media after Barça’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Elche at the Camp Nou.
“Being back here feels great. I missed playing here, and I’m very excited to continue.” Coutinho told the media. “We’re trying our best to adapt to the coach’s new system. The level of the team is increasing; I hope things go well.”
After having featured in all three pre-season games for Barça, Coutinho is looking forward to the upcoming La Liga season. “I am eager to help the team win. There is one week left till La Liga starts and we are all focused and excited to begin.”
“I feel very happy that I made my debut. It was great.” Pjanic said after the game. “The team are working hard to prepare for the upcoming matches.”
Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho are both essentially new additions to the Barça squad since Pjanic just joined from Juventus and Coutinho returned back from his loan spell at Bayern – where he won the treble in a remarkable fashion. Things are looking bright for Coutinho, who has featured in all of Barça’s three pre-season games. Culés around the world are expecting big things from the two after having lost Brazilian youngster Arthur to Juventus this summer.