Ousmane Dembele He has entered Didier Deschamps’ squad two months before the start of the World Cup. More than a year later, the coach once again counts on the Barça winger: “I had to work hard to feel important again, to play, to feel healthy. I hope to continue feeling like this to offer my best performance”, he said in an interview to RMC Sport, in the preview of tomorrow’s clash against Austria.
Another of the keys that pointed Dembele was the bet that Barça made for him to stay: “Confidence is very important, and Xavi He has given it to me”, he assured, happy because his coach has supported him at all times. Without a doubt, the words of the Egarense coach helped him make the decision to continue in Barcelona: “After what he said, I was forced to stay. I want Barça to win the Champions League again. He hasn’t done it for seven years, ”he claimed.
The club also made an effort to continue Dembele, who has gone through difficult times since he arrived in 2017: “I have had many hamstring injuries. The trainers insisted that if I didn’t work more, I was going to relapse. With koeman I started to improve and with Xavi it has gone further”, he reflected, aware of the irregularity of these last five years, which he finally seems to have left behind.
Dembele He has changed his lifestyle: “When I arrived at Barça I was very young. From 2017 to 2021 I wasted my time enormously. But I knew how to get out of that, ”said the player in RMC Sport. Now, much more mature, he knows that only with good habits can he be at the level required by a Xavi who opted for the continuity of the Frenchman when all the scenarios pointed to his departure from the Camp Nou. Now, Dembele is one of his attack references.
France, candidate for the World Cup
Despite the many controversies in which the national team has been involved, Dembélé believes that France can retain the world crown: “The quality of the group is important. It was seen in Russia in 2018. The objective is to repeat that triumph”, he pointed out in an interview in which he stated that he would like to play closer to Mbappé: “I know his quality and he mine. We have played four or five games together, and it went very well”, he concluded.