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