France coach Didier Deschamps says Barcelona ahead Ousmane Dembele should enhance his professionalism to make it on the prime degree.
Sources informed ESPN FC final month that unhealthy habits had been holding Dembele again at Barca and his punctuality has been the centre of consideration this week.
Dembele, 21, did not flip up for coaching on Thursday and it took Barca’s employees 90 minutes to find him at house, the place the membership mentioned he was battling a abdomen bug.
He then educated alone on Friday after which arrived late for Sunday’s loss to Actual Betis after being overlooked of the squad — though coach Ernesto Valverde insisted he wasn’t punishing him.
“Ousmane has been with us for some time,” Deschamps mentioned in a information convention on Monday when requested in regards to the participant’s toils at Camp Nou. “That is his regular trick to be late, though in his defence I am positive he’ll say: ‘I am not the one one.’
“Whether or not he is at a giant membership like Barcelona, with the French nationwide crew or elsewhere, he has to concentrate to that. It is a part of the life and necessities of an expert footballer.
“He should enhance to stop it from turning into destructive. These are conditions that [have been] repeated. The earlier he understands that, the higher for everybody.”
Sources have informed ESPN FC that Barca are sticking by Dembele, a €145 million signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, regardless of his incapacity to enhance in areas off the pitch that are deemed to be holding him again.
Defender Gerard Pique, in the meantime, says that the gamers are eager to assist him.
“We’re all right here to assist him,” Pique mentioned after Sunday’s shock defeat towards Actual Betis. “We have all been younger like him, we have all made errors like him.”
“From expertise, you need to educate [the young players] that soccer lasts for all 24 hours of the day — you need to reside it from the primary minute till the final. I’m positive he is aware of that and that he’ll preserve bettering with time.”
Dembele was additionally reportedly late for a crew assembly earlier than a Champions League sport earlier this season and sources say Barca’s issues over the ahead’s punctuality and eating regimen date again to when he was sidelined for 4 months final season.
The France worldwide began the present marketing campaign effectively, scoring 5 targets in his first six appearances, however has not began a league sport since Sept. 29 since being changed within the facet by Arthur Melo.
He did rating in final weekend’s comeback win over Rayo Vallecano as an alternative and began towards Inter within the Champions League final Tuesday earlier than lacking coaching on Thursday.