Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez praised one of his players, namely Ousmane Dembele, after the match against Linares Deportivo in the round of 32 of the 2021-2022 Copa del Rey on Thursday (6/1/2022) early morning WIB. Because thanks to Dembele’s slick appearance, Barcelona managed to win 2-1 and ensured themselves to the round of 16.
Barcelona just won over Linares Deportivo with a narrow score of 2-1 at the Estadio Municipal de Linarejos. However, the victory obtained by Xavi’s polish team was not easy.
In the first half Barcelona actually had to fall behind 0-1 to Linares through a goal scored by Hugo Diaz (19′). Until finally, Xavi entered Dembele after the half-time break to add power to the Blaugrana’s front line.
The results were immediately evident. Barcelona’s game is much more fluid. Dembele managed to score the equalizer in the 63rd minute through a beautiful plesing kick.
Then, the team nicknamed the Blaugrana managed to double the position to 2-1 thanks to a goal from Ferran Jutgla (69 ‘). Xavi admitted that Dembele’s inclusion in the second half could make the difference. He also admitted that he was happy with the performance of the 24-year-old player.
The Spanish coach really appreciated the contribution that his foster children had given. “We need Dembele, he has delivered and has made the difference. I’m happy with him,” said Xavi, quoted from Mundo Deportivo, Thursday (6/1/2021).
In terms of football, there is nothing to say. That’s what we need from Dembele.” The result of this victory is certainly an important capital to increase the confidence of the Blaugrana camp. Considering, the Catalan team is indeed not benefiting because many of their players are injured.
Next, Barcelona is just waiting for the draw to find out who they will face in the last 16 of the 2021-2022 Copa del Rey. The drawing itself was only made on Friday, January 7, 2022 local time.