Ousmane Dembélé, « a fundamental piece » for Xavi


Injured since November 2 during the match in Kiev, Ousmane Dembélé returned to the field on Tuesday against Benfica Lisbon.

Returning to competition earlier than expected, following his injury during the match in Ukraine against Dynamo Kiev, Ousmane Dembélé received praise from Xavi, his new coach at Barça. Victim of an elongation in the semi-membranous muscle of the left thigh, the French indeed took the risk of pushing back the lawn of Camp Nou this week, he who has not yet returned to 100% physically. An attitude that pleased the Spaniard, who returned to the Frenchman’s case after the meeting.

« He sows fear in the adversaries »

Xavi on Ousmane Dembélé after the match against Benfica: « He took risks, when he was not 100% recovered, said the Spaniard after the meeting. Others would have chosen not to play. There was a risk of relapse. He surprised me.  » Before dwelling on the qualities of the French winger. “He changed the dynamics of the game. It overflows, it sows fear in the adversaries. It generates opportunities. It creates differences ”, was initially enthusiastic Xavi, before commenting on a possible extension of the former player of Borussia Dortmund.

“For me, it’s a fundamental piece. « 

“I spoke with him. I’m not going to tell you what we said to each other, but I did talk to him. He is very happy here ”, Xavi replied. “You have to talk to him, make him feel comfortable and happy. We’ll see if he can extend it. For me, it is a fundamental piece. When he’s in the field, things happen. It always creates differences, and generates a lot of opportunities ”, then concluded the Catalan technician.

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