Vicente del Bosque says Barcelona shouldn't punish Dembele for training fiasco

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele made the headlines for all the right reasons last night against Tottenham.

After a week of reports from Spain condemning his lateness to training, the Frenchman showed his true class on the pitch in the last game of the Champions League group stage.

Barcelona's mercurial winger scored one of the finest solo goals you'll see this season, showing a ridiculous burst of acceleration to get away from Kyle Walker-Peters.

The finish past Hugo Lloris wasn't bad either after sending Harry Winks for a hotdog.

Dembele was a constant thorn in Spurs' side on the counter all night, but the English side did rally to score a late equaliser through Lucas Moura, ensuring their passage to the last-16.

So what do Barca do with Dembele, a player clearly so gifted but having regular lapses with his attitude?

Well, one option is to internally punish him, but former Spain and Real Madrid manager Vicente del Bosque believes the Blaugrana should avoid that option at all costs.

“These matters are resolved through persuasion, by trying to convice the player of the error of his ways," Del Bosque said, per AS. "I don't believe in punishment - I don't think it works."

The legendary manager then stated that he believed a fining system failed to work during his active years in the game.

Del Bosque with Spain

“During the years I spent in coaching, I don't think we ever served a player a fine once. Persusion is the best method," he said.

“I'm sure that at Barcelona, in Dembélé's case, they have plenty of resources to resolve a problem that shouldn't even exist in the first place.

"It all started off with a player who wasn't behaving adequately in terms of his timekeeping, but I think there are ways of guiding him and making him understand what it means to be part of a team.

"A team is based on a disciplinary code which has to work well. If it doesn't, we end up distancing ourselves from what would nornally be a good and healthy coexistence within the dressing room - which is what every team needs to get good results."

Dembele scores his goal vs Spurs

Not what you expect to hear from an elite-level manager, but if anyone knows this kind of stuff, it's someone like Del Bosque.

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