Barcelona have announced the squad list that will take on Eibar in gameweek 16 of La Liga at the Camp Nou. The motive will be to continue to build on their win against Real Valladolid and jump to the third position in the table.
The biggest takeaway from the list is the inclusion of Ousmane Dembele, who returns to the squad for the first time since his injury against Cadiz in the 2-1 loss. On the contrary, Jordi Alba misses out courtesy of the suspension he picked up against Valladolid.
Lionel Messi is missing from the 21-man list owing to his ankle injury, the news regarding which was released two days ago. The Argentine is expected to return for the outing against Huesca next matchday.
Konrad de la Fuente, who has been in and out of the squad misses out as well despite the lack of natural wingers in the team.
The full list: ter Stegen, Neto, Pena; Dest, Mingueza, Araujo, Lenglet, Umtiti, Firpo; de Jong, Matheus, Busquets, Pjanic, Pedri, Alena, Puig, Coutinho; Trincao, Dembele, Braithwaite, Griezmann
Absentees: Messi, Alba, Pique, Fati, Roberto
This game comes at the right time for Ronald Koeman, who will try to build on the game against Valladolid, especially during a time where he is continuously experimenting with the squad. 17th placed Eibar will be desperate to move further from the relegation zone, though, which means Koeman will have to be spot-on with his lineup selection.
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’.