Dembélé puts his confidence to the test against Espanyol today

The Frenchman must appear before the uncomfortable team of Quique. The two teams rallied after crossing the quarterfinals in Copa.

Ousmane Dembélé has more to lose than winning this afternoon in Lleida. Second most expensive signing in the history of Barça (105 million fixed plus 35 in variables), the French end begins to leave some doubts of behavior outside the club’s facilities, something that could be directly harming their performance. Injured in September, what happened to be the phase of adaptation to the game of the team between medical visits and the hands of the physios, who did everything possible to return to the group routine soon.

Less than 395 minutes in nine official matches (seven of the League, two of the Cup and one of the Champions) are the baggage of the winger, who until now could only give two assists in goal, both taken advantage of by Luis Suarez. Hence, this afternoon, being the most expensive player on the pitch, Dembélé will have to stand out in a team that will mix Valverde’s substitutes with three of the most common players of the subsidiary who work with the first team: Costas, Aleñá and Abel.

Quique Sánchez Flores seems to have achieved a truce with parakeet fans who have long distrusted his feeling with the club and the project. The coach began to win over those habitual mavericks on the day that Melendo beat Cillessen in the first leg of the Cup quarterfinals. That accurate shot could be with Barça (undefeated until then), although it was not worth to pass round (Barça is finalist), but opened the ban to a series of dialectical crosses between players Culés and parrots, which ended with communications on social networks and a war that the passing of days was extinguishing.

Jurado and Puado will try to push Yerry Mina to the limit, absent in Valverde’s last calls. The Colombian is still a doubt for all culés, exam that seems to have already suspended André Gomes. The Portuguese do not pass or one in the Camp Nou and must command the wide area today to be in charge of giving fluidity to the game. Almost nothing.

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