Lionel Messi's face said it all after Ousmane Dembele's goal. He grinned widely, the face of Mateo, the most joyous of his children. He did so with the majority of Dembele's moves. The Frenchman can manage the most unexpected, like the goal he scored against Juventus. His shot took a huge deflection and span in, leaving Szczesny helpless.
Messi had whipped the ball across the pitch to Dembele in the build up, a sublime assist. Dembele also netted against Ferencvaros and everybody is getting excited; it's easy to with Ousmane.
We have grown accustomed to his mistakes and giveaways, and some incomprehensible decisions. However in the games that are more end to end, he can shine, as one of Koeman's greatest weapons.
The Dutchman started him on the right against Juventus, the place he has impressed most, and he was up and down the flank well, with Sergi Roberto behind him, who likes to come inside.
Dembélé finished the first half with 96% pass accurac and more than 50% completed dribbles
The wings were asymetrical with Jordi Alba at left back going up and down, while Pedri on the left likes to come inside.
Dembele was one of the best players and he showed growth. He knew how to pick the moments to take risks. He was subbed off for Ansu in the second half and left with a smile. The Mosquito feels like a player again after months of injuries and criticism.
Despite being told to leave this summer, despite Trincao being another option, despite Ansu showing much more, despite everything, Dembele has not given up and the question remains: how far can Ousmane go?