Dembélé is Xavi’s first victim

Xavi has imposed a set of rules as a new Barcelona manager. Among the first players to transgress them is Dembélé: the sanction is inexorable.

Xavi had said it and kept his word. Anyone who transgressed the ten rules mentioned upon his arrival at Barcelona would be sanctioned with a fine. It makes no difference to know who, it is a concept that applies to everyone. And so if Gerard Piqué, former teammate and longtime friend, was forced to cancel an interview because it was right that he remain focused on training in the name of “talking less, working more” what happened to Dembélé is proof that the new coach has no intention of giving discounts.

As they say in the jargon, he doesn’t look anyone in the face. That’s why the 3-minute delay was fatal to the player: a fine will be issued and the next paycheck will be a little lighter. The punishment for that “venial sin” will be deducted from him: the former Borussia Dortmund, in fact, is the first player in the squad to stumble upon one of the ten prescriptions sanctioned by the coach. Specifically, each player is recommended to arrive at the sports center 90 minutes before the start of training: today’s ones were set for 10 am with entry scheduled at 8.30. Dembélé was wrong to show up at 8.33 – as pointed out by Espn – in the Ciudad Deportiva: he “failed” and will have to pay.

Sorry, but that’s how it works. In Xavi’s recovery table, which has the ambition to immediately change the season, there is no detail that should or can be overlooked. Everyone is called to a greater sense of responsibility. Everyone has to get into the idea that in a great team like Barça you can be the best but you are no different from the others.

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Yet Dembélé is one of the players who enjoys the new coach’s utmost confidence. He also confirmed this at a press conference when he explained how the estimate is such as to hope it can “To stay at Barcelona. In his position as a winger he can be the best player in the world and we have to help him achieve this. He is a player who can make a difference.”. A confidence that goes well beyond the perplexities arising from his physical condition and the sequence of injuries resulting from which he has been out for almost 2 years overall.

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