Valverde’s hard statement on Dembélé

Absent the eleven holder against Eibar last weekend, Ousmane Dembélé did not have a minute of play at Stamford Bridge last night against Chelsea. And at a press conference, Ernesto Valverde decided on his choice.

« Dembele? It was not the moment to try experiments »

After the 1-1 draw between Chelsea and FC Barcelona, ​​Ernesto Valverde spoke about his coaching choices during the match. Led 1-0, the Spanish coach had started Ousmane Dembélé warm up, but did not finally return to the benefit of Aleix Vidal. The reason would be purely technical.

Absent the eleven holder against Eibar last weekend, Ousmane Dembélé did not have a minute of play at Stamford Bridge last night against Chelsea. And at a press conference, Ernesto Valverde decided on his choice.

« Dembele? It was not the moment to try experiments »

After the 1-1 draw between Chelsea and FC Barcelona, ​​Ernesto Valverde spoke about his coaching choices during the match. Led 1-0, the Spanish coach had started Ousmane Dembélé warm up, but did not finally return to the benefit of Aleix Vidal. The reason would be purely technical.

« Aleix also brings us a lot, he has a distinct profile. When you come to a match of this caliber, I rely on the certainty that I have, putting Paulinho titulare and bring Aleix thereafter to find more depth. It was not the time to try experiments or to test. »

Valverde therefore preferred to rely on already known bases, and did not launch Ousmane Démbélé in the big bath of the Champions League. In recent injury, the French will certainly require more time to adapt to the game of Barça, before being able to make a place in major matches.