Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde made a bold decision during the Catalans’ Champions League encounter against Slavia Prague last night.
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The Spaniard decided to bring on Ousmane Dembele for Antoine Griezmann with 20 minutes left on the clock – a decision which was not welcomed by the Blaugrana support on social media.
Dembele has struggled for consistent game-time this season having been out injured for large parts, but he returned to action against Sevilla in La Liga before the international break, scoring in a 4-0 win.
The Frenchman was sent off after his goal, though, after he reportedly told the referee that he was “very bad”. Dembele subsequently missed Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Eibar in the league at the weekend, but he returned to the squad for the trip to the Czech Republic last night and was introduced for the final stages of the narrow 2-1 win.
However, Valverde’s decision to swap him with one of Saturday’s goalscorers – Antoine Griezmann – angered some fans, who felt that it should have been Luis Suarez making way for the France international instead…
— Tweet Blaugrana (@TweetDuFCB) October 23, 2019
Wow Valverde you keep Suarez and take out Griezz???
— Kent Charis (@kent_charis) October 23, 2019
VALVERDE OUT PLEASE
— Messi Brasil (@PortalMessi) October 23, 2019
I feel bad for my boy grizzi
— Sahand Charkhpour (@Sahand_023) October 23, 2019
Griezmann pays for bad Suarez
— Mike (@7Giii0) October 23, 2019
Why is Suarez untouchable, its irritating
— Fatisímo (@AnsuFatiSZN) October 23, 2019
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