After a nightmare of a year, Ousmane Dembélé is back in Barcelona’s plans and seems to work really hard to get his starter status at Camp Nou. Against Ferencvaros, Dembélé couldn’t have dreamt for a better first game in the Champions League since the Borussia Dortmund encounter where he got badly injured.
Against Getafe on Saturday, the Frenchman started his first game in 325 days and, while he wasn’t particularly bad, he wasn’t decent either. However, in the Champions League against the Hungarian side, Dembélé came on after Philippe Coutinho scored the third goal of the game and played well.
The French winger assisted Pedri after a genius dribbling session in the defence but, most importantly, he scored his first goal since the 6th of October 2020, more than a year and two weeks later. Hopefully, this is the start of a new beginning for Ousmane Dembélé, and he can put his injury woes behind him.
Barcelona legend says Messi is essential for the young Barcelona generation
Following what will forever remain an unforgettable might for the youngster, Ilaix Moriba scored his first goal for Barcelona. It was a sensational strike, as the young Spanish midfielder faked a shot one way, only for him to cooly dispatch it the other way.
Yesterday night, Barça legend Luis Suárez Miramontes had this to say both in regards to the club’s youth, as well as club veteran Lionel Messi: “For this group of young people it is essential that there is someone like Messi with personality and charisma so that they grow as they should. That is why it is necessary to maintain it.“ (via Carrusel)
Per earlier reports, the Barça captain has stayed true to this. He reportedly takes “special care” of Ilaix Moriba in particular so that the 18-year old doesn’t “deviate from the path of becoming an important player in the team.” This is one of Barcelona’s most talented squads in recent memory, full to the brim and overflowing with youth and exuberance, with all these players looking up to the Argentine.
The 85-year old is a Barcelona legend having played in Barça’s iconic colours from 1955 to 1961. He is widely regarded as one of Spain’s next footballers of all time, and a testament to this is the fact that he is still the only player from the country to ever win a Ballon D’or.
He has been heavily critical of the squad at times this season, owing to the fact that “they [Barca players] make the worst individual and team mistakes.” At least this time he has something to smile about.