Today’s papers are all about the Catalans’ big reinforcements from recent years. According to a new report, Antoine Griezmann wants to succeed at Barcelona and is doing everything to make it happen.
At least that’s what SPORT are saying with today’s cover page. Ronald Koeman also wants to involve him a bit more so the two are working together to get the best out of the Frenchman.
So far, however, the big star hasn’t exactly adjusted to life in Catalonia nor is he well suited for the bench. Of course, his quality is not to be undermined but the system doesn’t seem to favour him that much.
Apart from that, SPORT also shortly talk about the vote of no confidence and the big finale of Josep Maria Bartomeu’s fate.
Mundo Deportivo, on the other hand, are also focusing on one of Blaugrana’s big transfers – Philippe Coutinho. While Griezmann wants to succeed at Barcelona but is having a hard time doing it, the Brazilian has returned with a spark.
The local paper explains it with their title that simply says ‘Boom‘. Coutinho has responded to Koeman’s trust and is giving his all in a much-improved campaign so far.
But remember that it’s still early days. It remains to be seen whether he can keep it up. But both physically and sporting wise, Coutinho has been quite impressive.
And these are all good news for Barcelona. The first three games have been good and Koeman’s ship is steady.
Now it’s all about keeping it that way for the rest of the season.
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’.