Recently back after yet another injury, FC Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé (24, 2 appearances in LdC this season), entered in the 66th minute, did his team good against Benfica (0-0) this Tuesday in the Champions League. In a press conference, Blaugrana coach Xavi used very strong words about the French international.
« He changed the dynamics of the match. He overflows and generates fear in the opponent. He created chances, made the difference. Too bad the goal does not come on his cross or his shot … I him spoke, without giving the details, he feels very happy here. Today he took a risk because he was not 100%. He had a spectacular attitude, even incredible as some other players would have refused to play. But his attitude was spectacular with his sacrifice for the team, because there was a risk of relapse. But he wanted to play, to win. He surprised me because he can seem in a way (his personality, editor’s note), while he’s different. We have to talk to him and make him feel comfortable and happy. Let’s see if he can extend it because for me, he is a fundamental part. When he is on the pitch, things happen. He makes the difference and generates a lot for the team. A fundamental part, « insisted the technician esp agnol.
What if Xavi represented a turning point in Dembélé’s history in Barcelona?