Ousmane Dembele has turned things around completely at Barcelona, with Ronald Koeman reserving special praise for the Frenchman’s attitude.
In recent weeks, Dembele has put together the consistency that has always been missing from his game and his progress is the result of hard work.
“Much of Dembele’s change is down to the player,” Koeman said in a press conference on Monday.
“He is the one who has to work hard and he’s done that.
“It’s important to be both physically and mentally strong in order to face the pressure that there is here.”
“The coach has to try to create a good atmosphere in the squad and organise the right training sessions.
“Physically, Dembele isn’t the only one who has improved. That’s important in terms of having quality.”
Koeman is right. It’s not only Dembele, as a number of other players have also benefitted from the Dutchman’s approach of late.
Dembele will be a key figure for the Cules in their Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain and could help Lionel Messi overcome an injury-hit Parisian outfit.