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Valverde: Why I Didn't Play Dembele

FC Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde: Why I Didn't Play Ousmane Dembele

By Kurt Buckerfield - Feb 21, 2018 09:27 AM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed why he didn’t use the €147 million signing Ousmane Dembele in their UEFA Champions League draw with Chelsea on Tuesday night.

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Aleix Vidal was preferred to Dembele as a substitute in the 63rd minute of Barca’s 1-1 away draw with the Blues.

The manager believes that brining the Frenchman on might have been too risky, which could be down to the difficult start he has had in Spain since his arrival.

“Why Aleix and not Dembele? Dembele’s been out injured for a while, and for a match like this, coaches go with the things they know best,” he said, according to the Express.

“Aleix also gives us things, a different profile. When we’re faced with a match like this, I rely on certainties.

“I had to play Paulinho as a starter and then bring on Aleix Vidal for more depth.

“It wasn’t the time to experiment. That’s how I see it.”

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Dembele, who Barca signed for €105 million (R1.63 million) plus €42 million (R608 million) in add-ons in August 2017, has played just nine times since joining the club, assisting three times.

Do you think Dembele will still be important for Barca this season? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Barça_4sky☆ Joined: 23 Feb 2018
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Barça_4sky☆ Feb 23, 2018 04:42 AM
I blame 4-4-2 for this
Evergreenmessi Joined: 16 Jan 2018
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Evergreenmessi Feb 21, 2018 05:03 PM
@Nick#10 chelsea game to big for him now true someone it might harm his confidence
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They will sell this guy soon, mark my words.
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ko mokokotlo Feb 21, 2018 03:02 PM
@nazzi the second , brother you are just wasting your breath trying to make people understand the mentality of football coaches and some will start attacking you. dembele is a fine player and people needs to understand that if he is thrown in a match of that magnitude and fail to deliver that may kill his confidence in a long run so rather play with your normal everyday squad and start playing him in the last minutes in la liga games until he gets his mojo back.
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nazzi the second Feb 21, 2018 02:55 PM
you have to understand what's happening , this kid has never played a full match yet ithink, he got injured at the begining of the season and was out for 4 months, so you have to understand he is just 20, moved to a big club just in his 2nd season, and just came back from an injury, you can't say barca wasted money , this boy is the future of barca he's a long term investment, but i do feel barca could have spent less
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Ntsimbi08 Feb 21, 2018 01:02 PM
It was just a waste of money on that guy!!!
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Nick#10 Feb 21, 2018 12:30 PM
Play him in da second leg coz da game will be open
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Faysal Feb 21, 2018 11:57 AM
You did well coach
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Jose'' Feb 21, 2018 11:22 AM
It was mistake to sign Dembele, he is not Barca material
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Golden Boots Feb 21, 2018 11:22 AM
Well you shouldn't of had played Paulinho on the flank and you should stop playing Roberto as a right back otherwise you can kiss the treble goodbye!

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