Ernesto Valverde hasn’t quite been able to get the very best out of either Ousmane Dembele or Malcom in the 2018/19 season to this point, however, in Milan on Tuesday evening the Brazilian forward did more in two minutes that the Frenchman did in 80.
Dembele was handed a rare start as Los Cules headed to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza needing just a point to secure their progress into the next stage of the competition.
Despite sizable dominance from the visitors in the first half, Barcelona couldn’t make the breakthrough until the 83rd minute of play.
Dembele was disappointing on the night, and it was the Brazilian who took the headlines by scoring the goal which put Los Cules ahead.
His sharp shot surprised Samir Handanovic, and arguably the travelling Blaugrana supporters with Malcom having barely been seen this term.
Valverde hasn’t given him any more than 105 minutes since his arrival in the summer, and when you see the directness with which the former Bordeaux star played that appears a far stranger decision than anyone realised.