On today’s newspaper covers, Mundo Deportivo and Sport are focusing on the big chance both Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati might get against Celta Vigo and claim it’s the youngsters’ time to finally shine.
With Quique Setién’s squad ridden by both injuries and suspensions, there’s no time like the present to throw the talents into the fire and see how well they cope. Mundo Deportivo went with a cover that says ‘It’s your time‘ as Lionel Messi and Riqui grace the front page.
They also talk about the Azulgranas putting pressure on Real Madrid as the title race continues and mention the ex-Barcelona players the Catalans will face on their trip later on this afternoon.
Sport have gone with a rather similar cover and they also focus on the youngsters, saying ‘Your turn‘ as both gems are seen on the front page with Messi.
As things currently stand, both papers seem to believe Puig and Fati might indeed get their shot against Celta Vigo, one way or the other, and this clash is another must-win occasion for the Catalans.
We now know that Real Madrid have an advantage over Barcelona since their head-to-head record is better this season. For that reason, winning every game until the end of the campaign might not be enough but if they are going to do it, they will need their youngsters to shine.
They might even deserve to start the games going forward and it will definitely be interesting to see who makes the gala XI later on this afternoon.
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’.