Since taking over the reins of the Barcelona first-team earlier this month, manager Xavi Hernandez has introduced some strict rules and regulations in place for players and staff to follow. Failure to adhere to those will see the transgressors get hit with a fine, which will get doubled for a repeat offence.
The new measures have been put in place in order to introduce a sense of discipline among the squad. One of the rules introduced is that players are supposed to arrive for training sessions 90 minutes before the start while the coaching staff is instructed to be present two hours prior.
However, it seems like perennial mischief-maker Ousmane Dembele is having trouble keeping up with these new rules. The Frenchman was already hit with a fine earlier this month for showing up late to a training session and has now flouted the rule again.
According to Xavi Campos on TV3 (h/t Albert Roge on Twitter), the 24-year-old failed to report to a training session on Tuesday earlier this week due to confusion. Dembele was of the belief that the session was to be held in the afternoon, while it was actually scheduled for the morning.
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner not showing up, club officials had to call him up, following which the former Borussia Dortmund man did report for the sessions, but was obviously late once again. The report does not specify whether he was fined or not on this occasion, but this does not reflect well on the Frenchman.
Dembele has had a history of poor disciplinary behaviour in the past. Considering how highly he is rated by the club and new manager Xavi himself, the 24-year-old will need to repay the faith shown in him by ironing out these flaws at the earliest, if he is to evolve into a top star at Barcelona.