Barcelona Opinion of Luis F. Rojo
Ernesto Valverde put his trust in Ousmane Dembele for the game against Sevilla on Sunday night at the Camp Nou, leaving his star summer signing Antoine Griezmann on the bench. Some may assume that it was a message to the former Atletico Madrid man after an average start, but it seems like it was a technical decision based on the injuries to other Blaugrana forwards this campaign.
That’s why it was Dembele‘s turn, and when he’s on form, he’s marvellous. He showed it in the first 45 minutes in which he was very active on the wing. His goal gave an insight into what he can bring: skill, speed and goals. A game in which he could’ve stake his claim for a starting spot in the upcoming Clasico.
Then Dembele‘s other side appeared, which has the fans and his colleagues doubt him.
He failed to adapt to the tactical needs of the team and was sluggish in possession. Then, at the end, after Araujo saw red, Dembele said something out of turn to referee Mateu Lahoz and saw red, a childish error that will most likely rule him out of the Clasico.
The Catalans have to live daily with this dark side of Dembele. His childish behaviour is unsettling for everyone. He has a fondness for staying up until the early hours of the night playing video games or watching TV, he doesn’t go to medical tests scheduled by the club and doesn’t follow the proper diet for an elite athlete.
And then he gets himself sent off in the last minute of a game that his team is winning 4-0. At Barcelona, they’re not quite sure what to do with him.