Benefit of being close to the bench: Revelations about Dembele and Busquets from Cornella

It’s rare that the benches are so close to the press box, but that was the case on Thursday evening when Barcelona played Cornella in the Copa del Rey according to Diario Sport.

The newspaper’s correspondents were on hand to live the game, witness the intensity and passion a cup tie brings. In this context, it was striking how Ousmane Dembele, so often pigeon-holed as dispassionate, was right in the mix.

No longer is he a peripheral figure. Dembele was deeply involved in the development of the game when he was in the stands, and when he took to the field he ended up as one of the protagonists as the Blaugrana tried to find a way through a stubborn host.

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele

He wasn’t the only one. Sergio Busquets appeared to be just another coach, gesticulating alongside Jose Ramon de la Fuente and the rest of the staff. He shared a candid moment with Ronald Koeman before taking to the field – he’s a valued member of the squad, and the Dutchman appreciates his presence.

Tags Barcelona Copa del Rey La Liga Ousmane Dembele Sergio Busquets