Thursday, August 18

Dembélé, Ansu Fati, De Jong and Araujo receive medical discharge and travel to Kiev


Without Kun Agüero, still in the Barcelona hospital to be treated for the arrhythmia that was detected on Saturday, and without Piqué, with a muscular overload, but with Ansu, who returns after two games of absence, and with Dembélé, which has not even debuted this season. The Barça of Sergi Barjuan, who will live his second meeting as a Barça coach, looks to Kiev gambling for the future in the Champions League.

With Ansu, with Dembélé, with Frenkie de Jong and even with Araujo, who have become the great novelties of that list that Sergi has provided for the momentous duel against Dinamo. Up to four footballers have suddenly received medical discharge to complete that list of 23 players. “We have a very competitive team,” said Eric Garcia before flying to Ukraine.

He needs that victory to have a chance of beating Benfica, with whom he lost 3-0 in Lisbon, whom he will host on Tuesday 23rd November at the Camp Nou. But to arrive with a halo of hope at that game, in which Xavi is already sitting on the bench (it would be his European premiere), he must beat Dinamo in Kiev after suffering a lot to defeat him at the Barça stadium with a tight 1-0.

Sergi BarjuanMeanwhile, he recovers, at least, offensive potential, something that the team requires after Kun’s loss. Although a Dembélé who has been absent for more than four months, obviously he will not be able to use the 90 minutes. With Ansu, who missed the duels with Rayo and Alavés, Sergi will be able to tell from the start, obsessed as Koeman was to regain his aim.

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Barça’s precariousness

Barça is a precarious team in all aspects. Both defensively and offensively. In the last four games he has only scored three goals (Piqué, precisely, against Dinamo Kiev, Kun in the classic against Madrid and Memphis against Alavés), which reveals the enormous crisis that anguishes the Catalans. .

“Both Ansu and Ousmane are two differential players. That they are with us is already very important”

Eric García, Barça defender

“Both Ansu and Ousmane are two differentiating players. That they are with us is already very important,” said Eric García, sure that the offensive threat that the return of both forwards implies will give Sergi’s team more depth.

Not on the summoned list Sergi Roberto, that he suffered another muscular problem in Vallecas that has placed him, again, in the infirmary. But there is the central Ronald Araujo, who already worked this morning with the group. But not completely but a part of the session.

With the return of Ansu and Dembélé, although to a lesser extent, Sergi will be able to prop up his initial idea of ​​4-3-3, with more open ends, insisting on the need to provide more “order” to the team while waiting for the The board of directors closes the signing of Xavi Hernández, the Al-Sadd coach who is still playing a decisive game in the Qatar League this Wednesday at the Al-Duhail stadium. Xavi’s team dominates the championship with 24 points (eight games, eight wins), but is only three ahead of the rival he will have on Wednesday.

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Hence, the leaders of Al-Sadd allege the two-year contract that Xavi has (he signed his renewal last summer), urging Barça to carry out a direct negotiation, including a trip to Doha for its top representatives.

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But Joan Laporta now flies to Kiev where the team of Sergi his future in the Champions is at stake. A future that has a significant economic impact on the accounts because if it does not reach the round of 16 (the club had budgeted access even to the quarterfinals) it could mean the loss of up to 20 million euros.

There would be no better therapy for Barça than a victory against Dinamo to regain hope and, above all, calm in the face of the imminent arrival of Xavi, who if negotiations with Al-Sadd are closed it would be at the Camp Nou against Espanyol next November 20




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