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IT WAS A SURPRISE DECISION

The reason why Xavi decided to change De Jong and Dembélé

Published:13/01/2023 - 01:33h

Updated:13/01/2023 - 01:33h

Xavi Hernández decided to replace Ousmane Dembélé and Frenkie de Jong after game time, in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup and the reason for the Egarense coach has already been revealed

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The FC Barcelona achieved his pass to the final of the Supercopa of Spain, but no without suffering. The ones of Xavi Hernández signed a party with a lot of errors and with the same 'punishment' of the last weeks: Not knowing how close the result and invite to 'dream' to the rival team. Before it had been the Espanyol, Intercity or Athletic of Madrid and now was the Real Betis in a night that, if it had not been by Ter Stegen, would have finish being very grey.

The guardameta of Mönchengladbach was the big protagonist of the meeting because it avoided the defeat of the culés in the party, but was not the only leading. In the first time and before the hour of party, Ousmane Dembélé and Frenkie of Jong had been two players that contributed a lot to the game of the Barça and that marked the difference in a night in which the ideas did not seem to flow. Of there that it surprised so much that, in the 61', Xavi decididera 'dispense' of both.

It was a big mystery in the final stretch of the semifinal and a very hard hit for the Barça, that did not react of positive way to the entrance of Sergio Busquets and Ferran Torres, while it also suffered the approaches of a Betis that attained the tie in the minute 77 and that it could have added another more but had been by the performance heróica of Ter Stegen. After the party, Xavi resolved the question of the million: Both suffered annoyances.

The Barcelona trainer was questioned in case it had replaced to Dembélé by physical annoyances and stood out that "yes. Had he and Of Jong". For the moment, it does not seem that peligre the participation of both in the final of the Supercopa, this Sunday against the Real Madrid (20:00 hours) and the most likely is that it have done without both by caution to avoid that the annoyances happened to something more serious.

Of Jong and Dembélé, keys

The case is that both footballers, constantly criticised, were vital for the Barça in the 61' that played against the Betis. The French was the only able attacker to generate danger in the area of Claudio Bravo, by in front of Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha, that were not at all hit in the party. Of Jong, by his part, played of pivote and gave a lot of fluidity to the game of the Barcelona. When it left , the team left the feeling that it was playing with a speed less.

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