Ousmane Dembele played at the end of Barcelona’s match against Benfica. Xavi thanked him for his commitment after the meeting.
The Spaniard does not hide that he has high hopes for Dembele. At press conferences after taking Barcelona, he spoke very warmly about him. In his opinion, the French representative has the potential to become the best footballer in the world in his position.
The cooperation did not start well, because in a short time Dembele was twice late for Barcelona training. However, Xavi gave him a chance against Benfica.
– I spoke to Dembele. He’s happy here. We appreciate that he played with Benfica, although he was not 100 percent ready to play. He took a chance. Someone else would be sitting on the bench in this situation. He wanted to play Xavi said.
– After his entry, the dynamics of the game changed. He made a difference, he created opportunities. It’s a pity we didn’t score any goals – added the Spaniard.
Dembele’s contract with Barcelona is valid only until the end of June. Xavi does not hide that he would like to extend the contract with the French.
– We are optimistic about his future. This is the foundation of our team – said the Barcelona coach.
Dembele has appeared on the pitch for the second time this season against Benfica. In total, he spent less than 50 minutes in the game.