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.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.