18 Feb 2022 | 04:39
Super product: Ousmane Dembele vs Sevilla (August 2018)
Welcoming Napoli at the Nou Camp in the first leg of the 1/8 round of the Europa League, Barcelona is expected to win a victory to create an advantage before the next trip to Italy.
However, coach Xavi Hernandez’s teachers and students soon encountered difficulties when the opponent conceded the first goal with Piotr Zielinski’s goal. After that, despite constantly pressing the pitch, Barca still struggled to find a goal and had to rely on Ferran Torres’ goal on the penalty spot to help them keep the 1-1 draw.
Notably, in the last match, coach Xavi used striker Ousmane Dembele, who made many claims to the club and almost broke up with Blaugrana at the last winter market. The presence of the French striker did not help Barca make a difference, on the contrary, he also had to receive a lot of boos and criticism from the fans in the stands .
Earlier, when referring to Dembele’s situation at the Nou Camp, coach Xavi once said: ” We do not rule out that he can play at home or away, whether he plays or not depends only on him. in how the players train and who is better or worse, he can play.
He will help us until the end of the season because he is a great player. He is like any other player in the team and will play if we need him. The team thinks he can help us stay competitive and win .”