Bad news comes from Barcelona. Ousmane Dembele still got an injury, and he was planning to play against Athletic Bilbao.
Ousmane Dembele gets injury yet again
It’s not a surprise that Ousmane is injury addicted. French attacking player was not addicted to injuries when playing for Dortmund. While being in Germany, Dembele was really good, and he could play a minimum of 25 matches every season. Keep in mind that every changed after he arrived in Spain.
Ousmane had an injury from late November of 2019. The French player was back in training from the start of January but could not play an actual match. Quique confirmed that Ousmane wanted to play against Athletico Bilbao, and he was ready, but it seems the player got injured again. When Luis Suarez is out for a few months, Ousmane Dembele had to be a significant player in the attacking line, but it’s in the past.
Ivan Rakitic was close to leaving Barcelona
Croatian players gave an open-hearted interview to Spanish journalists. The midfielder said that he was very close to leaving Barcelona in January. Rakitic said that Ernesto Valverde lost the trust in the player, and he was mostly on the bench. At the same time, the midfielder said that nothing big changed since the arrival of the new coach.
Quique Setien is a new coach, and he has more belief in midfielder than previous coaches. Rakitic believes that leaving Barcelona could be a good decision, but he decided to stay and fight for a place in the starting line-up.
Lionel Messi is closer to Fati rather than Antoine Griezmann
Barcelona scored two goals against Levante. It was a home match of Barcelona at Nou Camp, and Ansu Fati became the youngest player to score a brace in La Liga. Keep in mind that Lionel Messi assisted both goals. It’s interesting to see the connection between Fati and Lionel Messi, while Griezmann does not get the connection from those players. Marca experts believe that Griezmann gets more disconnected from Barcelona’s attacking line.