Dembele’s Camp Nou career has been dogged by injury, with persistent disruptions hampering his pursuit of hitting the same level he showed at Borussia Dortmund.
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This time, however, according to Mundo Deportivo, Dembele was resolute. The Frenchman looked Koeman in the eyes and said: “Mister, don’t substitute me. I want to keep playing.”
He dusted himself off and re-entered the field of play. Previously, Dembele may have been spooked by the muscle complaint and retreated, but he’s feeling valued in this iteration of Barcelona.
Dembele moves with the grace and simplicity of an antelope, and his eyes tell another story. Before he looked like a deer struck by headlights, an animal chased by a predator. Now, he’s the one in command, and it’s showing on the pitch.