Messi, Dembele train ahead of Clasico

first_imgBarcelona Messi, Dembele train ahead of El Clasico as Ronaldo remains isolated Matt Dorman 01:53 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 2017 Getty Images Barcelona Lionel Messi Ousmane Dembélé Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Barcelona have received a welcome training ground boost ahead of an eagerly-anticipated La Liga encounter, in contrast to arch-rivals Real Madrid Ousmane Dembele and a fit-again Gerard Deulofeu joined Lionel Messi in Barcelona training on Thursday as the La Liga leaders continued preparations for El Clasico.Ernesto Valverde has already confirmed France winger Dembele will not be risked on Saturday, but his involvement is an encouraging sign of his return from a hamstring injury.Training footage released by Barca painted a different picture to the scenes at their bitter rivals, where Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to join his team-mates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The star forward, who is reported to have picked up a calf problem in the Club World Cup final, was confined to light work away from the main squad for the second day in succession. See #Messi and co. get ready for #ElClásico during Thursday’s training session — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 21, 2017 Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen says they must be prepared for whatever forward line Zinedine Zidane fields at the Santiago Bernabeu.”The two teams facing each other are perhaps the best in LaLiga and the world,” the German told El Pais.”We already know who we will have up front, and we must be aware of their attack, and of all of them.”But [we must stick to] our way of playing, that’s how we usually have the best chance of winning.”last_img read more