Xavi: 'Lethal' Dembele has a lot potential


Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez lauded “lethal” Ousmane Dembele after the France ahead’s objective downed Actual Sociedad in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal at Camp Nou.

Dembele sealed a scintillating efficiency along with his third objective in six video games as Barca beat 10-man La Actual 1-0 to guide their place within the semifinal.

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Along with his objective, Dembele triggered the away aspect issues all through the sport along with his tempo and created an awesome probability for Gavi, who hit the crossbar.

“I think Dembele has matured a lot since we took over,” Xavi mentioned in a post-game information convention. “We have just given him the tools. He is lethal. We always say when he comes inside, he has to shoot more because he has that quality and he can make the difference in games.

“You see the faces of the full-backs, they endure. We have now simply given him confidence. He has a lot potential. I consider in him. I feel loads of this comes down to creating the proper choices. He’s additionally having fun with himself and the followers are having fun with him.”

Dembele’s moment of form — he now has eight goals this season — contrasts with the situation he was in one year ago, when Barca dropped him from the squad due to a stalemate over a new contract.

The former Borussia Dortmund winger eventually signed a new two-year deal with the club and is now one of the most important players in Xavi’s side.

“I’m delighted for him as a result of he is an effective man and a superb skilled,” Xavi added. “He has turned issues round and that’s not simple at Barca.

“He’s the one full of confidence and quality. We try to guide him. For me, he is one of the best in the world in his position.

“He has a lot high quality, however from there you need to consider in your self. At Barca, it is necessary to have that mentality to consider which you can affect video games.”

Visiting coach Imanol Alguacil agreed that Dembele was the difference between the teams and suggested his players faced him with fear.

“It is exhausting to cease a participant at Dembele’s stage, with the shape he’s in in the mean time,” Alguacil said. “He can breeze previous two or three gamers in 5 meters in case you give him area.

“That said, we made it too easy for him in the first half. I think we were scared of him. And if you give Dembele half a yard, you’re screwed.”

Barca dominated the primary half-hour and ultimately took the lead early within the second interval after Brais Mendez had been despatched off for the away aspect.

Nevertheless, La Actual, regardless of being a person down, fought again late on and had possibilities to equalise. Alexander Sorloth missed when it was simpler to attain from six yards and Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two late saves.

“We are annoyed because we wanted to get through,” Alguacil added. “It’s difficult here 11 vs. 11 against Barca in their current form, so imagine… But we knew we would get chances. We were close, even with a man less.

“I do not normally just like the phrase proud as a result of it means you’ve got misplaced and we got here to win. However in opposition to Barca, of their kind, with 10 males and [against] a participant like Dembele, it’s sophisticated. Within the final 10 minutes, they appeared extra nervous and 1-1 appeared extra doubtless than 2-0. Nevertheless it nonetheless hurts.”

Xavi, meanwhile, was happy with Barca’s performance, but not the way they took their foot off the gas and failed to put the game to bed.

“The vast majority of issues are constructive, however you possibly can’t loosen up after the objective,” Xavi said. “I’d say for an hour we had been sensible. We dominated 11 vs. 11 and created loads of possibilities to attain. They’d one probability with 11, Take Kubo off the bar.

“The sensation is that we complicate things when we don’t kill games off. We have to be more clinical. There have been times when the defence or Ter Stegen have had to save us. There are lessons to learn, but that’s football.

“We’re the place we need to be, three factors clear within the league, within the semifinal of the Copa and with a trophy, the Supercopa, within the bag.”

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