Ronald Koeman, when asked about Ousmane Dembélé, has defended his French winger after the Getafe loss. Indeed, the Dutchman took off the Frenchman after Jaume Mata had scored the penalty.
Dembélé lost the ball many times in the game, especially in the first half, but picked it up a bit after the half-hour mark. After 325 days, Dembélé started his first game for Barça since that injury he suffered against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. After a frail start, the Frenchman looked more and more confident before getting subbed off.
Ronald Koeman defended his player by saying that this was his style of play and that he’s working really well towards getting more consistent. The former Everton and Southampton coach also praised the winger’s performance in the second half, admitting he played better and acknowledging his hard work. Koeman isn’t one to lie about his impressions on a player as he criticised his team’s performance by accusing them of not getting the ball to Leo Messi as much as they should.
“He’s training and doing well. He did lose possession a lot against Getafe, but it’s the way he plays. He played better in the second half, and he’s working hard to get minutes.”
Ronald Koeman on Ousmane Dembélé in the pre-match press conference
Perhaps this means Dembélé, while not being particularly impressive on Saturday, has a future under Koeman and he might start ahead of the out-of-form Antoine Griezmann on the right. Hopefully, the former Dortmund winger will start against Ferencvaros in the Champions League, a perhaps easier opponent than Getafe away.