In immediate acceleration.
In that way of running that defines him so much.
In his long but peculiar stride.
His body twists, his feet argue with each other and one is always afraid that he will end up stripping his neck.
But he manages to stay upright and not brake until he faces the ball.
In the Pizjuán, where
Ronald Koeman took
him away from the baroque style of lime to offer him the throat of the countryside, Dembélé regained his lost childish smile.
And he did it by sliding onto
, one of the best centers in the continent, and from where he plotted the great triumph of Barcelona in Seville.
A warning at a critical time.
The League is still open.
But also the Cup, where the Catalans will try to overcome next Wednesday a 2-0 against the same rival.
Madness is always grateful in football.
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Many things can be discussed with
Some are as important as his usual bad character in the management of big games or the impossibility of granting his own personality to his team.
But it is hard to imagine a more suitable coach to manage a squad full of structural deficiencies, in a club without money or a president.
Koeman is also showing that he does not understand fundamentalisms, neither tactical nor personal.
Live in constant correction.
Without fear of reproach.
In Seville he rejected
and sent his team to press from a 3-5-2.
The Wembley hero's survival instinct is commendable.
All that caught
with a changed foot
, who saw how the first act slipped away without even being able to respond.
Closing with three centrals (
as free, accompanied by
and the impetuous
) allowed Barcelona to catch Sevilla in their own field.
The locals were left without links.
, who reached the title despite the good dynamics with which
, gave himself up to wandering.
was thus trapped in the band.
And you know what happens when artists run out of canvas, they scribble on nothing.
did what they could to contain
, although everything remained pending that Messi did not launch Dembélé in the race.
The French striker had a double mission.
Not only to finally offer verticality to a team that has been missing an offensive reference for months.
Dembélé also had to cut off any temptation by Koundé to re-emulate
Koeman had not forgotten that the Sevilla central defender was able to whistle into the Barça area in the
The opening goal was nothing more than a logical consequence.
Sevilla stumbled out.
Lenglet cleared badly and towards his own arm, although it was
who finished snatching possession from Fernando.
Messi turned nonsense into genius.
With the parsimony of someone who plays with his hands linked behind his back, the Argentine, with a simple touch, caused Dembélé to fly.
Neither Koundé nor
managed to catch him and helplessly attended to the striker's perfect definition.
Sevilla, as impotent as against Dortmund in the Champions League, could only increase the demand.
Diego Carlos looked for the tickles to Messi.
And the Argentine, far from wrinkling, also raised the revolutions.
So much so that in just four minutes the expulsion was played.
excused him the second yellow after Messi aborted a counterattack in the center of the field.
The irruption of Ilaix Moriba
Lopetegui rarely gets carried away.
The first thing he did when the game resumed was to trace the line of three central Barcelona centers, hide Diego Carlos in case the cables had just crossed him, get rid of Papu and
and see if
could bother the bruised Piqué .
The Barcelona defender, with muscular discomfort already in the first half, had to end up giving up his position to
The Uruguayan, who reappeared, injured his left ankle again.
He held out for a quarter of an hour.
also pointed to collateral damage
, supplied by an unexpected hero.
Because the also beardless
ended up becoming the ultimate torment for Sevilla.
There can be no better good fortune for a youth squad than Messi's blessing.
The Rosario entrusted the wall to Ilaix, who showed his spur to restore his confidence.
La Pulga no longer had to do what he always did.
He cut Fernando's hip and culminated the rebellion of a Barcelona that refuses to write its epitaph.
"I finally understand your madness!"
This is how
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Because in the sinister, sanity can always be found.
Even in this Barcelona.
According to the criteria of The Trust Project
LaLiga Santander 2020 - 2021 Barcelona is a disaster
Copa del Rey 2020 - 2021Koundé leads a superior Sevilla that destroys Barcelona
LaLiga "Koundé is overflowing. He has no limits"
See links of interest
2021 business calendar
TD Systems Baskonia - Red Star
Sabadell - Albacete
SV Werder Bremen - Eintracht Frankfurt
Barça - Asvel Villeurbanne
Seville - Barcelona, live