It was a must-win game for the azulgranas and even though they gave it their all, Barça tallied a draw with Atlético de Madrid, giving their eternal rivals, Real Madrid, another chance to increase their lead at the top.
And needless to say, today’s newspaper covers are all about the controversial decisions taken by the referee. Mundo Deportivo have gone with a title that says ‘Maximum penalty‘, stating that the title moved away from Barcelona after a tie that included an own goal and three penalties, two of which were given to the visitors.
They also talk about VAR calling for a penalty to be retaken after Marc-Andre ter Stegen presumably stepped out of his line, but then didn’t review a clear foul play against Piqué in the Atlético box later on.
Unsurprisingly, Sport have gone with the identical headline for their cover – ‘Maximum penalty‘ – and are talking about the same things – controversial decisions that made Barça draw with Atlético and give Real another chance to go clear in the table.
With this result, the Catalans move one step away from reclaiming the crown and now all eyes will be on Los Blancos as they try to win their games and continue marching towards the title themselves.
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’.