Ousmane Dembélé is entering the final phase of his recovery. The French winger has trained with the group on Wednesday along with their teammates.
Nobody at the club wants to force Dembélé to play, but if his recovery continues like this, it is not ruled out that the Frenchman could be on the bench in the Barcelona – Napoli game. In case the game gets complicated, Dembélé might get some minutes.
The goal is that the 23-year-old will be a big weapon in the next round of the Champions League, but before all, Barcelona has to eliminate Napoli. If this means that Dembélé needs some minutes, Barcelona might take the risk.
Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche
Barça midfielders Philippe Coutinho and new signing Miralem Pjanic spoke to the media after Barça’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Elche at the Camp Nou.
“Being back here feels great. I missed playing here, and I’m very excited to continue.” Coutinho told the media. “We’re trying our best to adapt to the coach’s new system. The level of the team is increasing; I hope things go well.”
After having featured in all three pre-season games for Barça, Coutinho is looking forward to the upcoming La Liga season. “I am eager to help the team win. There is one week left till La Liga starts and we are all focused and excited to begin.”
“I feel very happy that I made my debut. It was great.” Pjanic said after the game. “The team are working hard to prepare for the upcoming matches.”
Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho are both essentially new additions to the Barça squad since Pjanic just joined from Juventus and Coutinho returned back from his loan spell at Bayern – where he won the treble in a remarkable fashion. Things are looking bright for Coutinho, who has featured in all of Barça’s three pre-season games. Culés around the world are expecting big things from the two after having lost Brazilian youngster Arthur to Juventus this summer.