A ray to break Athletic’s vertigo | sports

A ray to break Athletic's vertigo |  sports

In the week when the noise of the Barcelona scene stunned Xavi the most, after he was nearly eliminated from the Champions League Fall in classic against Madrid, Dembélé was calm. In any case, according to those who knew him, it’s hard to upset the Frenchman. “But” they explain from the environment of the 7 azulgrana; “Ousmane was particularly calm.” “We’re having a bad time. We’ll finally win a championship,” stressed Dembélé. At Ciudad Deportiva del Barça, the French winger say he had his best moment since landing at Camp Nou. He got married, became a father, and had the full support of his coach. In fact, Villarreal’ It didn’t bother him that he was out of the game against . They say “Xavi told them at the beginning of the season that he would do a lot of rotations” in the coaching staff. Ara was good for Dembélé.There is no one better than him to break athletic.



Ter Stegen, Gavi (Kessié Franck, min. 33), Lewandowski (Ansu Fati, min. 62), Sergi Roberto, Koundé (Marcos Alonso, min. 62), Alex Balde, Pedri (Ferrán Torres, min. 62), Frenkie De Jong, Ousmane Dembélé (Pablo Torre, min. 76), Eric Garcia and Busquets



Berenguer, De Marcos (Lekue, min. 60), Nico Williams, Íñigo Martínez, Oier Zarraga (Unai Vencedor, min. 70), Williams (Raúl García, min. 70), Ander Herrera (Dani García, min. 20), Yeray, Unai Simon, Vesga and Yuri

targets 1-0 min. 12: Ousmane Dembele. 2-0 min. 18: Sergio Roberto. 3-0 min. 22: Lewandowski. 4-0 min. 73: Ferran Torres.

Judge Juan Martinez Munuera

yellow cards De Marcos (min. 15), Busquets (min. 71), Eric Garcia (min. 77) and Vesga (min. 89)

Xavi had a plan to overcome Ernesto Valverde’s team’s hard pressure: more legs in midfield and Dembélé’s dizziness. Barça coach confused Busquets and De Jong with Pedri and Gavi. “We thought it would be a very intense match with a lot of rhythm. We understood that they would put a lot of pressure on us and we put in another midfielder. “We found superiority inside,” said the Barcelona coach. De Jong, who played one of the best games of the season as a center against Villarreal, was closer to Busquets Athletic, while Pedri was positioned as a false winger. Nothing has changed for Gavi. Gavi has exercised: his undeniable intensity adds speed to the circulation of the ball. “We tightened up with the band. Busquets and De Jong should have been in the double center. We did very well. The key was to match their intensity,” added Xavi.

“We didn’t know how to counter the system they were playing. We came late and badly,” he said. Athletic’s coach Valverde added: “I was surprised. We thought they could open the field with Balde, but they did with Pedri and it upset us.” He left the field in the first half after a clash. Gavi’s problem does not worry Xavi. Yes, but Sergi Roberto, who had a dislocated right shoulder, was injured. The coach said, “The Gavi issue is nothing, but the Exhibition issue is more important.”

Barcelona’s system change wasn’t Athletic’s only problem. “It wasn’t just for that”, completed Txingurri; “We were stuck in two waters under pressure. And Dembélé was incredible”. “It was good, it made a difference. We want it to be open in the band so he can play it. There are days when it’s thicker and tonight it’s been a star. That’s why we insisted that he stay. We know you can do these things,” added Xavi, praising the Frenchman.

Cornered on the right flank, where he felt more comfortable, Dembélé monopolized Barça’s attack. Azulgrana had the French in mind when the Athletic’s pressure was overcome. And it didn’t fail. First as a striker, then as a setter. hat trick The number of assists from the winger, who already had seven. Three goals should be added to the statistics page for the season. Camp Nou surrendered to Dembélé, who was applauded when he left the place for Pablo Torre to make his debut as a Barça player.

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