Xavi lauds Ousmane Dembele's performance against Athletic Club

Ousmane Dembele registered three assists and one goal against Athletic Club.

The French winger showcased an absolute masterclass on Sunday night against Ernesto Valverde’s side who struggled to contain the in-form attacker.

Xavi laments praise on Dembele after the Frenchman bagged three assists and one goal on that night.

“Dembele was in the spotlight because he takes risks so it’s all or nothing,” he said.

“It had been three games with nothing coming off, but it did today, assists and a goal… he was especially motivated. He is someone who can make the difference and is capable of doing these things.”

The manager also explained starting the game with four midfielders against Athletic Club.

“We understood the game very well. We expected a game with a lot of intensity played at a high rhythm. We knew they would press high so we put in another midfielder to outnumber them through the middle.,” he added.

“We wanted an extra man in midfield. I think the key, though, was that we matched them in intensity. Dembele was also good, he made the difference. The team understood what was needed. It was practically over by half time.”


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