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Ousmane Dembele vs Inter Milan.

Barcelona fans made a concerning point about Ousmane Dembele vs Inter Milan

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Barcelona's trip to Inter Milan was far more entertaining than the scoreline suggests.

Ernesto Valverde's side were held to a 1-1 draw in San Siro, with Mauro Icardi scoring an 87th-minute equaliser.

Second-half substitute Malcom had given the Blaugrana the lead just moments before shortly after coming on.

Malcom would have been hoping to have started the game, but Ousmane Dembele was surprisingly given the nod on the right-hand side of the attack.

Rafinha has been preferred to him in recent weeks during Lionel Messi's absence and impressed in the home game against Inter.

Dembele started the season well but has really tailed off in recent weeks, with the Frenchman even anonymous in the Copa del Rey game against third division Cultural Leonesa.

So how did Dembele do against Inter? Well, he appeared to start the game brightly, but Barca fans were quick to spot something worrying about his display.

They all think the 20-year-old's issues stem from his lack of stamina, with some pointing out that his performance tailed off from around the 35th-minute.

Here are a selection of tweets from Barca supporters.

TWEETS

Fitness is key to any footballer, particularly one who is so reliant on pace like Dembele.

If the Frenchman can't maintain his engine for longer, he's going to struggle to have an impact on games, especially at the highest level.

Luis Suarez was constantly barking orders at Dembele throughout against Inter, with the Frenchman just unable to get up to speed with the game.

With Messi set to return to the starting XI on the weekend against Real Betis, the former Borussia Dortmund man is going to struggle even more for minutes.

Dembele in action vs Inter

Malcom's goal and positive cameo against Inter could even see him bumped up in the pecking order for the foreseeable future.

A tough, tough time for Dembele right now.

Topics:
Football
Rafinha Alcantara do Nascimento
Mauro Icardi
Malcom Silva de Oliveira
Ernesto Valverde
Ousmane Dembele
Inter Milan
Borussia Dortmund
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
Luis Suarez

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