Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has defended Ousmane Dembele after he was booed by his own supporters during their 1-1 Europa League draw with Napoli. Off The first match was last Thursday night.
The France international was sent off in the 65th minute of the ufabet game as a replacement for Adama Traore. Who was also the subject of boos from home fans after struggling with a new contract. And refused to move out of the team during the past winter market.
However, Xabi pleaded with fans after the game that he would like all fans to support the players in the team rather than booing each other.
“People don’t listen to me. But in the end it turned into a round of applause. Now we booed him and that’s it, it’s over. The news is that the boos have turned into applause,” Xabi said.
As for their next game, Barcelona will visit Valencia in La Liga on Sunday. This was followed by a visit to Napoli in the second exchange game.
In truth the applause only came after Dembele showed he was completely unfazed by the extraordinary reaction. The player, who Barcelona believe as an agreement to join Paris Saint Germain on a free this summer, was told he would not play anymore if he stayed at the club beyond the transfer window.
Xavi was also asked about former Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who was tidy on his full debut but showed not of the explosive goal threat that once made him prolific at Arsenal.
He said: ‘He was very good in space and intense with his pressing. He tried the goals will come for him.