Soccer sometimes has reasons that reason does not understand. Like the Classic in which culés and meringues a good part of your options are played on LaLiga in this season finale it will be the key match for Ousmane Dembélé and Vinícius Júnior
Or that the alignment of the Barcelona for this saturday it will be almost a ‘Dembélé and ten more’, or that Real Madrid has gone from living pending the health of Eden Hazard to praying that Vinícius do not constipate before the umpteenth duel with the eternal rival.
Neither of them are stars to use. Neither of them has had it easy. Misunderstood geniuses, eccentric soloists in a choral sport, protagonists of ‘memes’ on social networks for chaining inopportune injuries, one, and errors of bulk in the face of the rival goal, the other, the time has finally come to vindicate themselves.
A goal of Dembele (23 years old) in the last gasp of the game he saved the Catalans against him Valladolid and put the league within range. Minutes earlier, Ousmane had sent a shot from the front to the second amphitheater in a most ‘Dembelenian’ action, as the Frenchman is a true specialist in choosing, at times, the worst option.
But the new hero of Barcelona has found his best version after a change in his diet and a specific physical plan to prevent injuries in a sprinter like him. The 5-3-2 of Koeman, in which he is the point of reference, with freedom to move between lines and run into space, he has done the rest.
This season he has finally had the continuity that he lacked (he has played 36 games) and has begun to see the door more regularly. He has already scored 10 goals: 5 in LaLiga, 3 in the Champions League and 2 in the Copa del Rey. He has also given 4 assists.
Vinícius (20 years) recovered against Liverpool the version of the Madrid of the great European nights with their first double in 106 games, putting the Whites with one foot in the semifinals of Champions.
Electric left winger, fast, and more effective than effective, he has 6 goals and 4 assists in the 37 games he has played this season.
His insistence has made that finally Zidane has surrendered to the evidence and has given him the leading role in the eleven that he initially enjoyed Marcos Asensio.
A Dembélé and Vinícius They have been weighed down by the expectations that in their day they generated as footballers called to mark an era, and also the price of their respective signings.
Barcelona paid for Dembélé 105 million plus another 45 in variables to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017. Real Madrid paid 61 for Vinicius a year later to Flamengo.
After putting him on the market in recent summers, despite knowing that it was a signing almost impossible to amortize with a transfer, the Barça club now thinks of renewing him as one of the axes on which its new project should be based.
Vinícius, which has been sounding for a long time as a possible bargaining chip if finally the Madrid undertakes the signing of Kylian Mbappé, claimed against him Liverpool, pointing to the shield and kissing it after the second goal while sending a message to the camera: “Here, here.”
They both know that in football everything can change from one day to the next. But they have been able to turn it around. And that is why they have earned the right to enjoy this Saturday their unexpected role in the Classic.