Ousmane Dembélé started ahead of Lionel Messi against Real Betis. The French winger was explosive on his right side and made Betis’ defenders have a difficult day scoring an absolute banger in the first half of the game.
His magnificent goal came in the 22nd minute. He cut inside and shot with his left. The ball landed in the top corner. With this left-footed goal, Dembélé has scored 22 goals for Barcelona. Curiously, Dembélé has now scored 11 goals with his left foot, and 11 with his right. In contrast, his strike against Juventus was a right-footed one.
📸 — Messi applauding Dembélé’s goal from the stands. pic.twitter.com/GKjVhchzny— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 7, 2020
The World Cup winner is ambidextrous. He has been playing on both wings ever since he came to Barça but the injuries have not left him. This year is the first injury-free season thus far. Hopefully, he gets back to his best. Dembélé, who was not one of Ronald Koeman’s favorite, has worked his way to the starting eleven.
We will have to wait and see whether the 23-year-old can stay injury-free and perform consistently on a high level, but one thing is known: Dembélé on a good day can and will make a difference.