Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta spoke to journalist Gerard Romero, reviewing a number of current affairs at the club and discussed all things Ousmane Dembele. Laporta is without a doubt the frontrunner to take over as Barcelona president in the upcoming elections. He spoke to Romero on Twitch, stating that he is very fond of Dembele in the interview.
When asked about the Frenchman, Laporta said:
“I think Ousmane Dembélé deserves special treatment. You have to take care of such great players. I really like to see Dembélé well. He has been settling down, is in spectacular form, and is mentally strong as well.”
Ousmane Dembele arrived at Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 for a hefty fee. Since his arrival, he has been highly unfortunate with injuries, but this season the Frenchman has seemingly begun to turn his fortunes. With a whole new outlook on his physical preparation, he has managed to showcase his skillset and shine as one of the club’s most important attackers.
Laporta even stated that Dembele still has a bright future ahead of him at Barça and just needs to maintain stability. The former club president also pointed out that last season Dembele was the only player other than Lionel Messi who won the team games with vital goal contributions. The Frenchman’s contract renewal is reported to be one of Laporta’s key agendas if he takes charge as president.
Romero also reported that Joan Laporta will reveal the full details of his sporting project on the 25th of February. As the clear favourite to win the elections, he will certainly have a solid plan at the ready.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.