Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez urged French winger Ousmane Dembele to have more faith in himself and consistently help the team win. The forward had a disappointing game against Inter Milan as Barcelona lost 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday. However, the manager, who previously said Dembele has the potential to become the best winger in the world, could become more crucial for the club.
“We’ve been very happy with his professionalism since we arrived, we gave him some love and trust and he gave it back,” Xavi said at a press conference on Saturday.
“He has to make the difference in every game, he can, and he has to believe in himself more. To score more goals, assist more and in every game he should give us more.”
“He made the difference but needs to do it even more, in every game, in every moment.”
Dembele has become a key player for Barcelona under Xavi and has had a good season despite struggling with his last ball in Milan.
Barcelona failed to prevail in Italy and are on the brink of elimination from the Champions League group stage for the second straight season unless they can beat the Italians at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
“We need to shoot more from outside the box, provoke the defenders to come forward and give way. Our crosses and our decision-making in the last third need to improve,” Xavi added.
Barcelona host Celta Vigo in La Liga on Sunday as they look to defend their top spot ahead of next weekend’s Clasico.
Frenkie de Jong has returned to the squad from injury but is missing Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, Memphis Depay, Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie and Hector Bellerin.
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