Life hasn’t been easy for Antoine Griezmann at Barcelona lately. The Frenchman has been criticised for being invisible in games and now, his starting spot for El Clásico could be in danger as well.
However, according to SPORT, Ronald Koeman will trust his experience and big-game prowess so we could very well see him in action after all. There was talk of Francisco Trincão or Ousmane Dembélé potentially getting the nod ahead of him but it seems that won’t be so.
Both youngsters have seen some action as of late, impressing with their performances as well. For that reason, one could say that starting either of them would be completely justified. However, for a game of this magnitude, experience may prove to be vital.
The same goes for Sergi Roberto. There was an option of Sergiño Dest potentially starting at that right-back position instead of the Spaniard but Koeman is not ready to take that risk just yet. Of course, the young American is already making his mark on the team but is still fairly fresh.
SPORT believe this will be Barcelona’s XI tomorrow afternoon: Neto; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets, De Jong: Griezmann, Coutinho, Ansu Fati; Messi.
Dembélé is expected to start against Ferencváros after impressive Osasuna display
Ronald Koeman is well aware of the limitations concerning Ousmane Dembélé. The Frenchman is an incredible asset and a highly talented player. However, he is also injury prone and Barcelona can’t afford to use him relentlessly.
For that reason, the young winger has been on the bench for the last couple of games despite performing on a regularly high level whenever chosen to play. According to a new report from SPORT, however, Dembélé is expected to start Barcelona’s upcoming Champions League clash against Ferencváros.
This is a direct result of another encouraging performance just the other night against Osasuna. The Frenchman came off the bench and even scored a great goal before it was ruled offside. We’ve also seen him play at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium against Atlético Madrid but back then, he sprained his shoulder so Koeman had to be extra careful going into the next games.
But the main thing is that Dembélé is still very much an important part of the squad and offers a unique profile to the coach. For that reason, and seeing how he’s once again 100% fit, everything indicates he’ll be back in the gala XI on Wednesday, as SPORT suggest.
This, needless to say, is a rather encouraging sign for a player who was so close to leaving the club during the summer transfer window.
Long may it continue!