One of the loudest applause of the night was reserved for Dembélé, who opened the scoring and then prepared the other three goals. He received a standing ovation as he was retired to teenager Pablo Torre, who was introduced in his LaLiga debut.
There was a feeling that Dembele needed a performance like this. It has always been clear that, along with Lewandowski, he is part of Xavi’s starting attack. Recent displays, however, have started to create some doubts about that, or at least put some pressure on the French forward. Even Xavi recently said his decision-making still needs to improve.
It certainly improved against Atletico. His goal-his first header in Barça colors-paved the way for the rout as he scored Roberto, Lewandowski and Torres to complete the rout. He now has four goals and seven assists in all competitions this season and can be unplayable that way.