Ousmane Dembele lauded by Xavi after Copa del Rey winner

Barca head coach Xavi Hernandez was full of praise for Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona’s dominating domestic season continues and Ousmane Dembele was the star for the club’s entry into the semifinals of Copa del Rey.

Barcelona defeated Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Wednesday night. Dembele’s super strike in the second half was the only goal of the game.

La Real side played over half of the game with ten men following Brais Mendez’s red card. Dembele laid on several chances for his Barca teammates. His only goal was enough to take Barcelona into the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.

Barca head coach Xavi Hernandez was full of praise for the Frenchman and underlined that the performance against La Real wasn’t a one-off.

“It’s not just today (for Dembele’s good performances). He’s a player who has matured a lot since we’ve been here. We give him the tools. I see a lot of quality in him.

“Dembele is a player with tremendous potential. I believe in him a lot. Full-backs always suffer when they have to defend him. He’s a good guy. He’s turned the tables and I’m very happy for him.”

Dembele’s teammates also know just how good Dembele is, and Alejandro Balde explained that he is very happy to have the winger at Barca.

“It’s a pride to have Dembele in this team. He has many qualities, and he brings a lot in attack.”

Balde is determined to help the club win the Copa.

“We had four games left, now three. It’s our goal, we want this Copa del Rey trophy.”

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