Xavi spoke with Marca this Thursday. The Barcelona legend talked about Frenkie de Jong mainly. He went into the details concerning the Dutchman.
“I was very happy when De Jong signed for Barça; I congratulated him.”Xavi | Marca
Barcelona legends speaking about their former employers’ signings is something that has been reiterated. A few weeks ago, Dani Alves praised Sergiño Dest in an interview where he spoke about many other subjects. Xavi praising and congratulating de Jong will do a lot of good for the Dutch youngster’s confdence.
“De Jong is capable of defining an era at Barcelona.”Xavi | Marca
“The best footballers in the world play for Barcelona and you need time to fit in. It was difficult for me and Iniesta when we were young. It’s difficult to make a difference at a big club when you’re young.”
It’s fair to admit that the 23-year-old has not had the best of start in Catalonia. However, it is not all his fault as he came into a flawed side with many institutional problems. If he does become a late bloomer at Camp Nou, these words from a potential next Barça coach might prove to be crucial.
“De Jong is an extraordinary player. He isn’t afraid to receive the ball in areas where it is difficult to turn. De Jong is De Jong, he has nothing to do with Iniesta, Busquets or me.”Xavi | Marca
Comparisons in football are usually nonsense. Some players hate the pressure it adds. Giving de Jong breathing room by getting him away from these comparisons is vital for him. The Barcelona midfielder has been playing with confidence this year and has started every game.
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’.