In an interview with beIN Sports, Ousmane Dembélé explains that his teammates have borrowed his new nickname from Samuel Eto’o since his change of job.
Ousmane Dembélé does not yet have the statistics, the record or the career of Samuel Eto’o but the comparison with the former Cameroonian center-forward is starting to make his place within FC Barcelona. “As now I play in pointe, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the locker room”, explains the former Rennes at the microphone of bein Sports.
Scorer of FC Barcelona 130 times in 199 games, Eto’o wore the colors of Barça between 2004 and 2009. Since the victory in Seville (2-0), Dembélé has effectively been placed in the axis of the blaugrana attack , successfully, for the moment: 3 goals in 5 games at this new position, knowing that he entered on the right against Osasuna (2-0).
“When Messi has the ball, you have to go shopping”
In the same interview, the world champion explains benefiting from the privileged advice of Lionel Messi and evokes his new role: “I take a little more depth to free up a little more space for Messi and Griezmann. When Messi has the ball, you have to go shopping, you have to ask. “
Dembélé also returned to his goal against Sevilla FC where he discovered this center-forward position: “Against Sevilla who play high, Messi said to me: ‘when I have the ball, go deep, I’ll put it to you ‘”. Powerless against Real Madrid this Saturday (2 shots, 33% of duels won) the French international had also been aligned in the axis at the Parc des Princes and had stumbled several times on Keylor Navas.