Barcelona travelled to Budapest to face Ferencvaros in quite a comfortable position, having won four out of four and sitting pretty at the top of their group.
Ronald Koeman actually left behind Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Philippe Coutinho to rest before they face Cadiz this coming weekend, offering an opportunity for some of the Blaugrana’s lesser lights to shine in the Champions League.
His decision was a good one. Barcelona eased to a 3-0 victory over their Hungarian hosts thanks to a scintillating first-half performance where they scored three quick-fire goals.
A key performer for the Blaugrana was Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman was heavily involved in Antoine Griezmann’s opener, directly assisted Martin Braithwaite for Barcelona’s second and scored a penalty himself. He even ended up with the captain’s armband after Sergio Busquets left the field.
Now in his fourth season at Camp Nou, Koeman will be hoping to count on Dembele in the crucial months to come. What he proved in Budapest, however, was that when he’s on song it’s quite a sight to behold.
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