Dembele Rises from Hospitality to Become a Camp Nou Hero
Ousmane Dembele was a prisoner at Camp Nou. Now, the French star is the hero of Barcelona’s win over Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona managed to advance to the semifinals of the 2022/2023 Copa del Rey. This result was obtained after Los Cules got rid of Real Sociedad in the quarterfinals phase, Thursday (26/1/2023) early morning WIB.
Appearing at Camp Nou, Barcelona knocked out Real Sociedad thanks to a 1-0 win. The home team’s only goal was scored by Dembele in the 52nd minute.
Ousmane Dembele was applauded by tens of thousands of fans at Camp Nou after the game. Praise was also given to the former Borussia Dortmund coach by Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez.
Xavi believes that Dembele has undergone rapid changes even though he was blasphemed and insulted by Barcelona fans before signing a contract extension. Dembele admits that he has revived at this time and is playing the best football.
“Not only today, he is a player who, since we have been here, has matured a lot. We also gave him a lot of help,” Xavi said after the Barcelona vs Real Sociedad match, reported by Marca.
“He’s a deadly player with the speed he has. He’s a dagger, I see the faces of the opposing full-backs and they suffer. We have given him confidence, we believe in him a lot,” he continued.
Today things are going well for him but a lot of these things are because decisions were made right. We forced him to move on. He enjoys himself and is comfortable with the people around him.”
“He is a good boy and a good professional. At Barcelona it is not easy to turn things around. He was whistled once and now we replace it and this applause… I am very happy,” Xavi Hernandez said of Ousmane Dembele.