Ronald Koeman explained his thoughts on Ousmane Dembélé in an interview with Catalan newspaper L’esportiu. The Dutchman once again put emphasis on the French winger’s qualities and told that the player has improved his physicality and fitness.
“Dembélé has improved his physicality and fitness. There’s no denying his talent when he’s on form and fully fit. He has become better and better.”Ronald Koeman | L’Esportiu
Dembélé was highly criticised for his poor fitness level which was causing repetitive injuries, but currently — especially considering his performance against Real Betis — the player looks fully fit.
Koeman also added on Dembélé’s versatility of playing on both wings, something highly important for the Catalan club considering Ansu Fati’s 3-month-long (at least) injury:
“Dembélé is rapid and he’s great in one on ones. He can also play on both sides. I’m very happy with the work he has been doing recently.”Ronald Koeman | L’Esportiu
“Ousmane needs to give his all and show his quality like he has done now that Ansu is injured.”
With Fati out, it looks like Dembélé will have plenty of more opportunities to prove himself, and considering his recent performances, the 23-year-old is certainly on the right path.
The key here lies in how Koeman will use him, as the winger’s ideal role on the field remains unknown, but all starts with consistency in his form.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.