Montanier: Dembele the present and future of Barcelona

Doug Mendoza
August 16, 2018

According to reports in Spain, Barcelona's decision to omit Malcom is in response to Sevilla threatening to quit the Spanish Super Cup if Barca named more than three non-European Union players for the match.

Lionel MESSI broke another FC Barcelona record while Emiliano SALA scored.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was full of praise for the youngster after his wonder-goal against Sevilla.

Luis Suarez also fired wide, but Barcelona finally drew level shortly before halftime when Messi's free kick hit the post and fell kindly for Pique to poke into the empty net.

The Argentine wizard now has more crowns than any other Blaugrana player in history, as he marked his first game as official captain with a win.

That set the stage for French star Dembele to take the headlines in the Sevilla vs Barcelona game with a 78th minute screamer from 25 yards and again Messi played a crucial role with the key pass.

He became the player who has won the most at the club.

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"It's obvious that Barca are a super team and specialists in winning finals, and they have numerous best players in the world", said Machin, who was appointed Sevilla boss in June after an impressive spell in charge of Girona.

Philippe Coutinho has recently acquired a Portuguese passport through his wife, which means he is no longer considered a non-EU player.

"We have placed lots of hope (in Dembele)", Valverde said.

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal debuted for Barcelona as a late substitute.

They even decimated Sevilla last time in their Super cup final by 5 goals to nil.

This edition of the Spanish Super Cup is like no other, with the game in Tangier marking the first time the trophy has been held overseas and played as a one-off fixture.

He was electric and simply unstoppable at times, troubling the Sevilla backline time after time, hounding and harassing them.

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