Dembélé, the big worry


By: Manu Tournoux

Returning for the first time to Spain since his departure from Barça, Ousmane Dembélé is seen at Real Sociedad as the main threat among the Parisians.

Little in spirit since the victory won in the first leg at the Parc des Princes, PSG is preparing to find an even less dashing Real Sociedad in the Basque Country. The residents of Anoeta, beaten 2-0 at the Parc des Princes, remain in fact with two defeats in La Liga, respectively against Villarreal (1-3) and on the pitch of Sevilla FC (3-2), and an elimination in semi-final of the Copa del Rey against Mallorca (1-1, 5 tab to 4).

However, Real Sociedad players want to believe in a turnaround. “As long as we have the desire and the enthusiasm, I think anything is possible. We are tired of not having won many home matches and we want to transmit this joy, this happiness, this feeling that we want to win, that we want to give everything to the supporters. We want to move forward, give our all,” Kubo announced at a press conference on the eve of the match.

“The one who hurt us the most was Dembélé”

The Japanese international, however, knows that the task will not be easy. The fault of the many Parisian individuals. And if Kylian Mbappé will obviously attract attention, Kubo is just as wary of Ousmane Dembélé, particularly to his advantage during the first leg. “The one who hurt us the most was Dembélé. I don’t know why but he is always good against us. I hope tomorrow (Tuesday) will not be a good day for him,” he confided about it.

The Real Sociedad winger, also very prominent during the first round, also brought back a bad memory for the Blues. “I remember the World Cup, during the final between France and Argentina, I felt that Argentina had more balls. And you could feel it. There are players who have more quality, who are faster or stronger, but mentality is the main thing, and tomorrow we need that,” he said.

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