Speaking in an interview with BeIN Sports, Barcelona and French international attacker Ousmane Dembélé discussed being repositioned centrally by Ronald Koeman.
“He (Lionel Messi) speaks in the dressing room, he gives the young players belief, there are a lot of young players this year, he really helps us a lot. He gives me advice, now that I am playing centrally, I get called Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room. So I take the depth a bit more to free up space for Messi and Griezmann. And after, when Messi has the ball, you have to make runs and the ball will come. Against Sevilla, they like to play high, and he says to me: “when I have the ball, run deep and I will give it to you.” (Dembélé scored in that match with a Messi through ball assist). I arrived at Barca very comfortably, the squad put me at ease. And as I’ve said I have remained me, without pressure. It is football. I did not say to myself: “Wow Messi and Iniesta are next to me, they are great players, I don’t know if I have a place here.” No, never.”