Ousmane Dembele needs right attitude to make it at Barcelona - Xavi

Ousmane Dembele needs right attitude to make it at Barcelona - Xavi
From ESPN - March 21, 2018

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has warned Ousmane Dembele he must have the right mentality to make the grade at Camp Nou.

Xavi, who spent 17 seasons at Barcelona before moving to Qatar in 2015, says excellent players have failed at the Catalan club because they were unable to cope with the expectations.

Dembele has endured a testing first season at Barca since signing from Borussia Dortmund last summer for a then club-record fee of 105 million.

The France international has missed large chunks of the campaign due to injuries and it's been suggested he put too much pressure on himself following his arrival as Neymar's replacement.

"[Dembele] will have to learn to think faster, in a few thousandths of a second," Xavi told So Foot.

"This is where we will see if he has the mentality. He must say to himself: 'I am a Barca player.' You have to be mentally strong, to have conviction.

"He will need some time. Barca is like a final exam for a footballer. It is like Dembele is passing a Master's degree right now because not everyone can play for this club. Why? Because you have to know things three times more than elsewhere.

"Barca play on barely 30 metres of the pitch. Dembele has a lot of talent, he is very fast, but here, he is not going to have the space he had at Dortmund or Rennes. He had more space, so more time there."


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