Dembélé threatens Griezmann's site for Wednesday

Although the Little Prince is a favorite, his substitutions in the home games against Seville and Valladolid leave some doubt. Valverde also has problems in defense.


Although he is a favorite, Antoine Griezmann has not secured a starting position against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Going to dinner with Suarez and Messi, as he says in an interview on the UEFA website, guarantees nothing. Less with the poor numbers he signs this season, four goals and three assists in 16 games, with his difficult fit in the team; and finally, with those two substitutions in each match against Sevilla and Valladolid, when Valverde preferred to open the field more with Dembélé and Ansu Fati respectively. The decision will depend on the idea that Valverde has for the game. If you think of an orderly match, with attention to the defense brands and a slower pace, Griezmann starts with an advantage. If you want to replicate the vertiginous game of the Germans with a round trip, maybe the option is Dembélé. It happens that if the last performance of Griezmann in the Champions League at home was disappointing against the Slavia of Prague and their numbers are weak, those of Ousmane are not those of a player worth 140 million euros, maybe not even ten percent. Attacked by injuries and with problems to solve their problems of understanding the game and compulsive turnovers, their performance is disappointing. It happens that, like all players with that physical potential, devastating with spaces, you can always expect something spectacular, not constant. Griezmann is a favorite in the fight, but Dembélé, who will also have the addition of the sentimental point that the party has for measuring his former team, is not ruled out. Ansu Fati does seem to have no exit options.

The front is not the only headache for Valverde overlooking Wednesday. The defense is made a chrome. Piqué is low for sanction and Semedo and Alba for injury; Umtiti finished playing the game against Leganés; and Lenglet is among cottons. If the two French are replaced, the Txingurri will play Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Lenglet and Junior in defense. The subsidiary Araújo and Todibo are the spare parts prepared if Lenglet and Umtiti are not ready.

The center of the field is also an unknown. Busquets and De Jong are safe. But third place, however, there are doubts. Vidal and Arthur have options, although the Chilean is the main candidate. The Brazilian, like last year, begins to be an unknown with constant departures from the calls for injury or technical reasons. Arthur promised to amend himself in all aspects, but there are more and more doubts about it. Valverde's most likely eleven for Wednesday's game could be this: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Lenglet, Junior; Busquets, De Jong, Vidal; Messi, Suarez and Griezmann.



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