Barca to make late Dembele call for Lyon, says Valverde

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Barcelona will make a late determination on the health of Ousmane Dembele forward of their Champions League second leg in opposition to Lyon, coach Ernesto Valverde stated on Tuesday.

Dembele sustained a minor hamstring pressure in opposition to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday and is a doubt for the sport on the Camp Nou, the place Lyon arrive after a 0-Zero draw within the first leg.
“We’ll see how he’s and decide later,” Valverde stated.

“It is a crucial match however we can not take any dangers. If he isn’t match, he must anticipate the following alternative,” he added.

Dembele’s absence might imply a begin for Philippe Coutinho, who has struggled in latest weeks and was whistled off by a minority of Barcelona followers when substituted final weekend.
Signed for 160 million euros ($180 million) from Liverpool simply over a 12 months in the past, Coutinho has began 16 of Barcelona’s 27 La Liga video games this season.

Requested if he had spoken to the Brazilian about his type, Valverde stated, “The way in which we deal with the gamers is a non-public matter. What we would like is for them to provide us their finest and we count on rather a lot from him.”

The strain is on Coutinho, and Barca, to ship in opposition to Lyon on Wednesday as they goal to make amends for a disappointing run of three consecutive quarter-final exits within the Champions League.

“The truth that Paris Saint-Germain and Madrid have been eradicated tells you ways arduous the competitors is and warns us to be vigilant,” Valverde stated.

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Barca to make late Dembele name for Lyon, says Valverde
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Barcelona will make a late determination on the health of Ousmane Dembele forward of their Champions League second leg in opposition to Lyon, coach Ernesto Valverde stated on Tuesday.

Dembele sustained a minor hamstring pressure in opposition to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday and is a doubt for the sport on the Camp Nou, the place Lyon arrive after a 0-Zero draw within the first leg.

“We’ll see how he’s and decide later,” Valverde stated.

“It is a crucial match however we can not take any dangers. If he isn’t match, he must anticipate the following alternative,” he added.

Dembele’s absence might imply a begin for Philippe Coutinho, who has struggled in latest weeks and was whistled off by a minority of Barcelona followers when substituted final weekend.

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Signed for 160 million euros ($180 million) from Liverpool simply over a 12 months in the past, Coutinho has began 16 of Barcelona’s 27 La Liga video games this season.

Requested if he had spoken to the Brazilian about his type, Valverde stated, “The way in which we deal with the gamers is a non-public matter. What we would like is for them to provide us their finest and we count on rather a lot from him.”

The strain is on Coutinho, and Barca, to ship in opposition to Lyon on Wednesday as they goal to make amends for a disappointing run of three consecutive quarter-final exits within the Champions League.

“The truth that Paris Saint-Germain and Madrid have been eradicated tells you ways arduous the competitors is and warns us to be vigilant,” Valverde stated.

“The strain is on to progress however we give attention to the sport and if we generate the identical probabilities as we did within the first leg, we are going to undergo.”

Madrid sacked Santiago Solari and re-appointed Zinedine Zidane as coach on Monday after they misplaced to Ajax within the final 16, a defeat that got here after consecutive losses to Barcelona.