Xavi Hernandez was anything but bluffing when he made it known that he is willing to put order in the Barcelona dressing room, as Ousmane Dembele has been fined for turning up late for training on Friday.
The former Al Sadd coach has imposed a number of rules on the team following his arrival, with Gerard Pique being prohibited from making an appearance a popular TV show a few days after Xavi landed in Barcelona.
Meanwhile, as revealed by ESPN, Dembele has been handed a fine for being three minutes late to training as he arrived at 08:33 CET, despite being due to be at Barcelona’s training ground at 08:30 CET.
This was not the first time Dembele has turned up late for training, and it’s happened on plenty of occasions in the past.
The amount of the fine remains undisclosed, but the fact that Dembele has been the first to be handed a reprimand just a few days after Xavi’s appointment makes clear the coach’s intention to stay true to his word.