Ousmane Dembélé has been giving a lot for him to come back stronger once club football restarts. The Frenchman has been omitted from Didier Deschamps’s France squad and, after two games on the bench under new coach Ronald Koeman, he is surely eager to prove the two legends wrong and regain his spot in both the France squad and the Barcelona starting eleven.
According to Cope, the winger plans to go back to training tomorrow despite the day of rest Koeman has given the players not called up for their national team, a testament of his will to give his all for the Catalan side he loves and cherishes. Training this well might be good to reinforce his muscle after a year without playing and, if he succeeds at Barça, he’ll look back at these training sessions with pride.
Dembélé can be so important if used well, and he needs to show it to Koeman, who preferred to go with Francisco Trincao and Pedri for the games against Celta and Sevilla. He would’ve helped in opening breaches against Sevilla, where the team lacked space and creativity in attack, Dembélé could’ve been the knife in the Andalusians’ defence.
Also, while his career at Barça has been plagued with injuries, Ousmane still had his moments, shown in the video. Important goals against Valladolid away, Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup, flashy ones such as the one against Tottenham in the Champions League or the fact he won the most points for Barça in La Liga in 2018/19 after Leo Messi shows that, when fit, the Frenchman can help Barcelona in their quest for success. Hopefully, he reaches his goal to succeed at Camp Nou.
Source: Helena Condis (Cope correspondent)
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.