“With a better finish, he would be Ballon d’Or,” Stéphan’s strong words on Dembélé


By: Manu Tournoux

Paris Saint-Germain in the final! The capital club continues to be elusive. This Wednesday evening, the Parisians won against Stade Rennais in the semi-final of the Coupe de France with a score of 1 goal to 0.

Kylian Mbappé was the one and only scorer of the match against the Breton club. However, despite his goal, the Parisian striker was not the most seen Parisian element.

As often since the start of the season, Ousmane Dembélé is the real dynamiter and creator of the Parisian attack. The Parisian number 10 put in a great performance in a hybrid playmaker role. However, the former FC Barcelona player faltered in the finish.

After the meeting at the post-match press conference, the Rennes coach did not fail to compliment the 2018 world champion using strong words.

“It’s funny, when people talk to me about Ousmane Dembélé, they always talk about his faults. But I always answer on his qualities. He is an extraordinary player in his imbalance, in his dribbling, in his ability to create space, he is an exceptional player. If he had a higher quality of finishing, he would perhaps be Ballon d’Or today, it’s true,” he told journalists.

A playmaker role that suits him?

Ousmane Dembélé is one of Luis Enrique's lethal weapons. As against Real Sociedad last March 5 (2-1) and Olympique de Marseille this Sunday (2-0), Ousmane Dembélé played the role of false number 9 and playmaker.

The Spanish coach aligns his player in this position to create excess numbers in the midfield and to have better control of the game. The player trained at Stade Rennais shows great things in this position with an ability to unbalance the opposing block. However, he sometimes makes small technical errors which can make it difficult for his partners to counterattack.

It is not impossible that Luis Enrique continues with this animation for the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League next Wednesday against FC Barcelona.

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