Barcelona thrashed Espanyol 5-0 at Camp Nou, Ousmane Dembele made his debut with the Blaugrana, several questions in the Press conference were about him, but Ernesto Valverde made sure to… remind everyone that there was another player who debuted in the same game.
I really liked his debut, as I did Paulinho’s. The idea is that they’ll gradually adapt to the mechanisms of the team
the Barcelona coach answered when asked about Dembele’s first competitive minutes as a Barcelona player, making sure to include Paulinho in his answer. The Brazilian technically debuted against Deportivo La Coruna two weeks ago, when he substituted Iniesta two minutes from time, but it was against Espanyol that he really played his first game, even for no more than 20 minutes.
We pulled through a complicated game. These kinds of games are always tough. Despite the result, it wasn’t easy. They fought very well, but we have great players like Messi, who scored three goals, and Suarez, who gave everything like the rest of the team
Valverde also said, talking about Barcelona’s very good performance and resounding win. As for the team’s absences in this specific game;
We adapted to the players we have. There was Deulofeu, who came in from both flanks, Alba, who attacked down the left, and Messi, who went through the middle
the Barcelona coach said, focusing on who was available, rather than on who wasn’t.