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Two key Real Sociedad players set to miss Barcelona clash

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Barcelona’s fixture list, especially the next game against top of the table Real Sociedad followed by Valencia, spells trouble for them and Ronald Koeman who are both under immense pressure.

However, they may just have been given a lifeline for the clash vs La Real, as the visitors are seemingly missing two of their key players for the game.

David Silva picked up a knock in training in the building to that game, which essentially rules him out for the trip to Catalonia. He has been a revelation for Imanol Alguacil, and they do not seem to miss Martin Ødegaaed.

The other player in massive doubt is Mikel Oyarzabal. The Spaniard is Sociedad’s talisman, topping the La Liga goalscoring charts with seven to his name.

While the Basque outfit still host several quality players among their, they will be missing two essential pegs in their starting XI, and Barcelona must make the best use of it at Camp Nou or they will live to regret it.

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Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta

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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’.

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