Barcelona suffered multiple big blows over the weekend. Not only did they lose all three points against Atlético Madrid but they also lost both Sergi Roberto and Gerard Piqué, potentially for a longer period of time.
The papers are mostly focused on the crisis that’s slowly but surely brewing within the club. Mundo Deportivo even describe it as an ‘emergency‘ since two of the captains could be unavailable for the foreseeable future.
The centre-back’s situation, in particular, is quite dire. Piqué could have surgery since the injury is far more serious than initially pressumed. In that case, needless to say, Barcelona would lose another important piece of the jigsaw until the end of the campaign.
Roberto, on the other hand, will be out for around two months, which means Ronald Koeman has some rebuilding to do now.
SPORT are reporting on a similar matter, albeit focusing immediately on the transfer window, which could be the solution.
With so many injuries all of a sudden, Barcelona could be obliged to sign Eric García from Manchester City in the winter market. At the moment, there seems to be a general lack of options for Koeman and solutions are needed.
The centre-back could be out between three and six months while the full-back’s estimated recovery time is around two months. Both, it goes without saying, are terribly bad news for the Catalans.
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’.