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Barcelona coach defends Ousmane Dembélé

Alexandre Patanian

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Ronald Koeman, when asked about Ousmane Dembélé, has defended his French winger after the Getafe loss. Indeed, the Dutchman took off the Frenchman after Jaume Mata had scored the penalty.

Dembélé lost the ball many times in the game, especially in the first half, but picked it up a bit after the half-hour mark. After 325 days, Dembélé started his first game for Barça since that injury he suffered against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. After a frail start, the Frenchman looked more and more confident before getting subbed off.

Ronald Koeman defended his player by saying that this was his style of play and that he’s working really well towards getting more consistent. The former Everton and Southampton coach also praised the winger’s performance in the second half, admitting he played better and acknowledging his hard work. Koeman isn’t one to lie about his impressions on a player as he criticised his team’s performance by accusing them of not getting the ball to Leo Messi as much as they should.

“He’s training and doing well. He did lose possession a lot against Getafe, but it’s the way he plays. He played better in the second half, and he’s working hard to get minutes.”

Ronald Koeman on Ousmane Dembélé in the pre-match press conference

Perhaps this means Dembélé, while not being particularly impressive on Saturday, has a future under Koeman and he might start ahead of the out-of-form Antoine Griezmann on the right. Hopefully, the former Dortmund winger will start against Ferencvaros in the Champions League, a perhaps easier opponent than Getafe away.

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Papers: Barcelona’s epic comeback secures Copa del Rey final

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Barcelona’s season has suddenly taken a big and positive turn. With two victories over Sevilla in the span of a couple of days, the Catalans’ whole outlook on the campaign has now changed. We’ve gone from a bleak season to a potential end with a high note. Of course, nothing is set in stone and there’s still a lot to battle for.

The papers, of course, are thrilled with last night’s game. Mundo Deportivo call the game an epic comeback, and it fits perfectly.

Even when trailing two goals behind a tough rival, Barcelona were strong and united enough to come back and win. Not only that, this triumph has ensured they’re in yet another Copa del Rey final where they await their next opponent.

There were a couple of crucial points in the game with the three goals and a penalty save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen. At the end of the day, the 3-0 victory sealed the deal.

SPORT are on the same page with the title ‘Grand‘. And just like MD’s title, this one fits great as well.

The best thing about this comeback was that Barcelona were on the brink of elimination but it didn’t phase them at all. From the first minute of the game until the final whistle, the Catalans were on the attack and looking to turn things around.

But the job is not done just yet. The final awaits and regardless who ends up on the other side of the pitch, we know this team will give its all.

And in this regard, Ronald Koeman has to be given a lot of credit as well.

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