FC Barcelona has announced the squad that will feature in the club’s first La Liga game of the season. The match will be at the Camp Nou, against Villareal, who have proven to be a tough nut to crack in La Liga.
❗The squad list to take on Villarreal. pic.twitter.com/MQTEG78n3S— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) September 27, 2020
Some key notes to take from the squad list:
– Riqui Puig from Barça B is included, despite earlier reports claiming that Koeman doesn’t count on him.
– Ter Stegen, Martin Braithwaite, and Samuel Umtiti don’t make it into the list due to injury.
– Rafinha makes the squad list amid transfer speculations.
– Argentine youngster Santiago Ramos Mingo is included for the first time. The 18-year-old centre-back who arrived from Boca Juniors has not even made his debut with Barça B yet.
The game will be played on 9 pm CET.
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’.