Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele once again in trouble for actions after Espanyol win


Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga to three points on Saturday evening with a convincing 4-0 win over Espanyol.

Lionel Messi scored two stunning free-kicks at the RCDE Stadium to add to Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez's strikes in the opening 45 minutes.

Fans have come to expect nothing less from Messi and Suarez, though, so there was a lot of focus on Dembele.

The Frenchman seems to have made more negative than positive headlines since joining Barca for £135.5m in 2017, both for his performances and lack of discipline.

Time keeping is said to be one of his biggest problems, while it's taken him quite a long time to adapt to Barcelona's way.

But against Espanyol Dembele was very good - he also assisted Suarez's goal - and earned glowing reviews not just from the press, but from Messi.

"Curled home well and set up Suarez," wrote Spanish outlet Sport. "Lost some balls and was low on fuel after the break so subbed first."

And Messi said of the 21-year-old, per Football Espana: "Dembele is very good and important for us, we love him to the fullest. The objective is to keep picking up points and keep growing."

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But just when it looked like Dembele had turned a corner at Barcelona, the young forward has once again managed to anger his bosses.

Marca claim Dembele is in hot water after turning up to Sunday's light training session TWO HOURS late. The club reportedly 'no longer know what to do with him'.

Dembele was so late he ended up training on his own, because his Barcelona teammates were basically finished when he arrived.


This is another low for the France international, who is now at risk of missing out against Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday.

It's a crying shame that Dembele is unable to keep his discipline in check, because he's a huge talent that Barcelona have invested a lot of time and money into.

What the future now holds remains to be seen, but Dembele is running out of chances at the Camp Nou and needs to sort his act out sooner rather than later.

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