As soon as they come back from the international break, Barcelona have an extremely tough task ahead of them. Their next opponent is none other than Atlético Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. The Rojiblancos are in good form while the Blaugrana is still trying to find their rhythm so this should be a very interesting test for the Catalans.
Still, with Ansu Fati now out for the upcoming four to five months, Ronald Koeman could turn to other solutions within the squad. According to a new report from SPORT, Philippe Coutinho should return to full fitness just in time for the big clash.
The Brazilian sustained an injury in his left hamstring but is now finalising his recovery. And this international break may give him enough time to do exactly that since the next game is on 21 November.
Koeman seems to count on Coutinho as the player was a key component in almost every game he played so far. He participated in all six Barça matches, scoring two goals and recording two assists, proving that he’s adamant on turning his fortune around.
It remains to be seen, however, whether the Dutch coach wants to start him in such an important game while he’s still fresh from injury. Of course, with many others also participating in international games and their freshness under a question mark, Coutinho might truly get a nod in front of someone in the gala XI.
Koeman does like the Brazilian and he’s counting on him to be back to his very best sooner rather than later.
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’.