Gérard Piqué has gotten a red card against Ferencvaros for a really late challenge on one of the Hungarians’ attackers. As well as giving away a penalty, the defender left his team with 10 men as Philippe Coutinho was subbed off for Ronald Araujo. For his first game back in the Champions League, Piqué did not do enough for Barça.
This red card also means the former United defender will miss the game against Juventus, which is sad for him, but Barcelona shouldn’t fear the loss of Piqué as they have Ronald Araujo, who has already replaced Clément Lenglet due to a red card this season.
The Uruguayan is one of the brightest spots in that squad who emerged last year under Setién and he’ll have the significant task of replacing Gérard Piqué against such a big opponent, something he should be able to do as he’s really composed and used to be the replacement in case of emergency.
For Piqué, however, it’s a bad night he has to erase from his memories as he’s about to face Real Madrid, a team he hates, on Saturday, a much bigger fixture than playing Ferencvaros. Hopefully, Piqué bosses El Clasico as he usually does.
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’.