The coach praised the French winger who could return against Athletic Bilbao
Xavi Hernandez continues to count on Ousmane Dembélé as an essential player for his team. He said this prior to the match against Athletic Club, where the Frenchman could return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in the match against Villarreal. A game where Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres, the two wingers chosen by Xavi, had great performances.
Even so, Dembélé remains very important: "Perhaps we don't open up the field as much and play more inside," said Xavi, of when Dembele does not play. "He has a unique talent. He has to try, even if he loses balls, I oblige him to take on defenders one-on-one in attacking areas of the field. This player, he's different from the others, he's unique. He has to dribble, try things, cross...".
From one important player to another who is gaining more and more prominence. We're talking about Ansu Fati, who played a great game against Villarreal and scored a goal. It will come in handy to regain confidence. He must be key in this team.
"I don't have starters or substitutes, and even less so with the calendar we have," continued Xavi. "We have 25 players who have a high level and compete with each other. Everyone must feel important because everyone is useful. Ansu makes the difference."