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Papers: Bartomeu throws in the towel and resigns

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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At one point, it seemed like Josep Maria Bartomeu would stay as president of Barcelona forever. However, yesterday evening, the board officially confirmed their resignation and a new era starts in Catalonia.

The papers, of course, are focusing almost exclusively on that matter despite there being a big Champions League clash later on tonight. Mundo Deportivo went with a title that says ‘They resigned‘, outlining some of the quotes from yesterday’s press conference.

The next elections must be held within three months, meaning Barcelona will have a new president by January 2021. Of course, Bartomeu didn’t exactly go down quietly, trying to list the things he’s done well and criticising others for attacking him and his family.

He also revealed that the last thing he had done as president was agree for Barcelona to join the European Superleague in the future.

SPORT‘s title says ‘Bartomeu throws in the towel‘ and is essentially the same thing as Mundo Deportivo’s.

They have also listed the most interesting quotes from the ex-president’s press conference for the media. Among them were his explanations for some of the most recent controversial actions as well as saying he was personally attacked throughout his tenure.

Of course, small sections of the cover were dedicated to Barcelona’s clash with Juventus later on in the evening.

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Dembélé is expected to start against Ferencváros after impressive Osasuna display

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Ronald Koeman is well aware of the limitations concerning Ousmane Dembélé. The Frenchman is an incredible asset and a highly talented player. However, he is also injury prone and Barcelona can’t afford to use him relentlessly.

For that reason, the young winger has been on the bench for the last couple of games despite performing on a regularly high level whenever chosen to play. According to a new report from SPORT, however, Dembélé is expected to start Barcelona’s upcoming Champions League clash against Ferencváros.

This is a direct result of another encouraging performance just the other night against Osasuna. The Frenchman came off the bench and even scored a great goal before it was ruled offside. We’ve also seen him play at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium against Atlético Madrid but back then, he sprained his shoulder so Koeman had to be extra careful going into the next games.

But the main thing is that Dembélé is still very much an important part of the squad and offers a unique profile to the coach. For that reason, and seeing how he’s once again 100% fit, everything indicates he’ll be back in the gala XI on Wednesday, as SPORT suggest.

This, needless to say, is a rather encouraging sign for a player who was so close to leaving the club during the summer transfer window.

Long may it continue!

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