“From 2017 to 2021 I constantly lost time because of injuries”

Concentrated with the French team, to which he has returned after almost a year of absence, Ousmane Dembele He has admitted the problems that frustrated him in his first years at the Camp Nou. “From 2017 to 2021 I constantly lost time due to injuries,” said the Barça striker in an interview he gave to RMC. “I made the click with Koeman and now Xavi has given me a lot of confidence”, The French player, who has just become a father last weekend, hours before playing against Elche, has specified.

“I had a lot of hamstring injuries. So I had to work,” he said, acknowledging that he was urged to improve his work ethic so he wouldn’t always be confined to the infirmary. “They often told me: ‘If you don’t work, you’ll stagnate’ ‘If you don’t get stronger, you’ll get injured”, admitted DembĂ©lĂ©, who, at 25, finally feels good in the Barça jacket.

Since last June, precisely, playing with the French team in the European Championship, the striker has not been injured again. “Since then, I haven’t had any injuries. We are always keeping our fingers crossed, we keep working and then things go well for me,” he added.

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“I feel good at Barcelona, ​​I have the trust of the whole team, the whole club and I’m happy. It’s good because a lot has happened in recent years. But now everyone talks about football, it’s much better”, DembĂ©lĂ© has said proudly because he has managed to reverse that fragility that surrounded him in his first five years at the Camp Nou.

In this aspect, he has insisted that he has matured (“I was young like everyone else, but I managed to get out of this situation”), now convinced that his great goal is to win the Champions League with Barça. “It’s been seven years since the club won it. I want to win the Champions League.”

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