Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has explained his decision to bring on Aleix Vidal, instead of Ousmane Dembele, during their 1-1 draw at Chelsea
After 65 minutes, where Chelsea had just scored the opening goal through Willian, Valverde chose to replace Paulinho with Vidal with his only other substitution coming in injury when Andres Iniesta came off the pitch for Andre Gomes.
The Spaniard later explained to the media that he was unwilling to bring on Dembele as he felt that it would not be a wise idea to experiment.
“Why Aleix and not Dembele? [Dembele’s] been out injured for a while, and for a match like this, Coaches go with the things they know best,” he said, according to Football Espana.
“Aleix also gives us things, a different profile. When we’re faced with a match like this, I rely on certainties.
“I had to play Paulinho as a starter and then bring on Aleix Vidal for more depth. It wasn’t the time to experiment. That’s how I see it.”
The second will take place at the Nou Camp on the 14th of March, in the meantime Barcelona will be facing Girona in a La Liga match.