Now that the 2019/20 LaLiga season is officially done and dusted, the papers’ full attention can shift towards the transfers and the players themselves. And when it comes to Barcelona, their defence is once again the priority with talk of Eric García and a swap deal including Nélson Semedo and João Cancelo.
For that reason, it doesn’t surprise that Sport have gone with that trio on their cover page, saying ‘Defensive swap‘ and highlighting the fact the Catalans might be doing some business with Manchester City in the immediate future.
The swap between Semedo and Cancelo is seemingly back on the table but Barça also want Pep Guardiola’s young centre-back, Eric García. This is not the first time we hear of their interest, either. But how realistic is that dream of acquiring his services when Pep is obviously a huge fan himself?
On the other hand, Mundo Deportivo’s main story is all about Ousmane Dembélé’s recovery and his availability to the coach. Quique Setién priorities the Frenchman’s recovery and even though he’s making strides in that department, it’s highly unlikely he’ll be ready for Napoli.
Of course, Dembélé would be an incredible addition to the team but the fact that he hasn’t played any football for months could also impact how ready he is for the toughest club competition on the planet.
As of right now, it’s really difficult to tell but his season might already be finished.
Ilaix Moriba speaks following his first screamer goal for Barcelona
Ilaix Moriba has scored his first goal for Barcelona in stunning fashion. The teenager came on as a substitute against Osasuna and linked up with Lionel Messi to get off the mark for the club.
After enjoying a wonderful time with the first team in this past month and a half, making his senior debut against Cornella in the Copa del Rey, the midfielder has gone from strength to strength. He made
Moriba replaced Sergio Busquets in the 67th minute for his fifth appearance of the season. In the final moments of the game, linked up with Lionel Messi, feinted onto his left foot before unleashing a fierce left footed shot into the top corner.
Ronald Koeman was full of praise for the youngster after his cameo against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey in midweek, and his faith in the Barça B youngster has once again paid major dividends.
The 18-year-old’s goal sealed an eighth away win of the league campaign for Barcelona, after Jordi Alba opened the scoring in the first half with a magnificent finish from a stellar lobbed through pass from Messi.
“I will never forget this moment until I die. This is where Ansu scored too. He is like a brother to me, he is from the family,” said Moriba in the post-match interview (via BarçaTV+).
Moriba added: “I want to dedicate this goal to my father and La Masia where I have learned a lot from.”
Barcelona grabbed all three points at El Sadar against a tough Osasuna side to move within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid. The Catalans will now be hoping that the Madrid derby tomorrow will help them close the gap at the top even further.
Ilaix is also confident that they still have a chance for the title: “La Liga isn’t over for us. We will fight till the end. That is the DNA they taught us at La Masia.”