07 Apr Barcelona-Manchester United: Ousmane Dembele may face Red Devils at Champions League – Valverde
Dembele was out of action since tearing his hamstring against Lyon, however he can recover in time to shoot on that the Premier League side
Ernesto Valverde states Ousmane Dembele might be fit to face Manchester United at the quarter-finals of their Champions League.
Dembele was out of action because he suffered a torn hamstring after coming off the bench against Lyon in the previous round.
Valverde admitted he took a risk in playing Dembele in that match, the winger was a pre-match injury uncertainty.
Dembele was expected to miss the two legs of their quarter-final contrary to United but returned to instruction sooner than anticipated.
And though Barcelona won’t risk him to get the trip of Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday, Valverde indicated Dembele may face United.
“He is definitely not readily available for tomorrow and we will find about Wednesday,” Valverde told a news conference. “It is not worth taking the danger with the rest of the games.
“I will say tomorrow he won’t be able to playwith. Yesterday he coached for some time with the team, we will see whether he does now, but he is going to be brought back in the group ”
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Malcom is a competition to begin against Atletico using recorded a goal and an assist in Barca’s last match, a 4-4 draw at Villarreal.
“He’s exactly the exact same opportunity [to play] as everybody else, we will see tomorrow” Valverde said of this Brazilian.
“He looks great in recent matches and may have had greater conclusion in strikes another day but his outstanding ability is evident.
“He scored another day and provided a help also and he’s got a great deal of space to develop more.”
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Victory over Atletico would proceed Barca 11 points clear from Diego Simeone’s side near the peak of the table, however Valverde feels that the title race stays alive.
“I do not think we will have anything specific planned and will they, however, the value of 3 factors is essential for either side,” Valverde added. “For them it is the chance to get nearer to us and create the table a bit tighter. However, anything is possible in this sport.
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“Mathematically it is not authoritative if we win the match tomorrow. Four days before, before Villarreal individuals said it had been in January with half of the season left, but if you do not win they say you have dropped the league. Nobody is saying,’The team is finished until mathematically it’s’.
“We need to get ready for everything. It is possible they may have a great deal of high pressure and it is accurate high pressing is difficult to keep, sometimes they wait and wait patiently. But they’re organised and they prefer to perform behind the defenders.
“Occasionally they deceive you and may move on into the counter nicely. They want space but have good shooters such as Koke and Saul [Niguez]. We’ll see examples of their styles of play during the match.”