Ousmane Dembele is an international figure from France and was world champion with his team in Russia 2018. He was a teammate of Leo Messi along with other stars. However, the striker has just admitted that his first years in the culé team did not take advantage of them as he should and that hurt him, beyond the injuries he suffered. With arrival of Xavi Hernandez to the technical direction, the Frenchman recovered his level and has been showing his best version in the Catalan club.
“When I got to Barca he was younger. Of course he went out, but not as much as people say or imagine, ”she said in an interview with Rothen Ignites the podcast of CMRin which he analyzed his time at the Barça entity.
My lifestyle in my first years in the Barca? I was young like everyone else. But I managed to get out of this situation. From 2017 to 2021 I have constantly wasted my time. I’ve wasted five years of my life”, he confessed in reference to the number of seasons in which he was affected. The Frenchman, who also plays on the right wing, opened up in advance of his national team match against Austria, which will be played this Thursday.
Although to make a leap in quality in his career and solve the problems with his injuries, the 25-year-old player transformed his work environment and hired the services of a physical trainer and a physiotherapist. He put together a routine based on the prevention of physical problems.
“I had a lot of hamstring injuries,” he recalled. “So you had to work, they often told me, ‘If you don’t work, you’ll stagnate. You’ll hurt yourself if you don’t get stronger.’ And then there was this click, with Koeman, and with Xavi I’m doing even better. Since then, I haven’t had any injuries to my fingers, we keep working and I’m fine, I feel good in Barcelona. I have the confidence of the whole team, of the whole club, and I’m happy. Now everyone talks about football and that’s better, “he stressed.
About the current coach Barca revealed that “I remember a meeting between Xavi and me in December. I told him I was going to sign my contract. With Xavi’s confidence, I was forced to stay. I really want Barça to win the Champions League again. It’s been seven years since the club won it.” Last July he extended his link with Barcelona until 2024.
Although beyond his change in the professional field, recent fatherhood also contributed to his improvement. “At the moment, I still haven’t realized it, it just happened. So no. Okay, okay, we’re growing, as they say. It was also time to have a girl, so it’s very good. More responsibilities, the life of a father”, recognized the former footballer of Stade Rennes and Borussia Dortmund.
His improvement in performance within Barcelona earned him that the coach of his team, Didier Deschampsreconvened it two months before the Qatar World Cup and aspires to earn a place on the final list. She got the call to Les Blues for the first time since last year’s European Championship.
Finally, beyond some controversies that dotted his team, Dembélé thinks that France can retain the title: “The quality of the group is important. It was seen in Russia in 2018. The goal is to repeat that triumph.” About the main figure of the team, Kylian Mbappe, assured that “I know his quality and he, mine. We’ve played four or five games together, and it went very well.”
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