Former FC player and captain Barcelona Carles Puyol has advised the Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé that "reflect" and realize where it is before it's "late", after the end miss a workout and be late for a game for which he was not summoned.
"Have to learn, has good teachers next and people who will help you for sure, it also depends on your attitude. It is important that you reflect and think where you are, in the classmates you have. Sometimes, when you're young, you do not realize what you're letting go and when you want to react it's too late, "Puyol told the media.
The Catalan, godfather of a solidarity padel tournament, said that Dembélé is "young" and that he has room for improvement. "I'm not in the locker room, I do not know day to day. You have to try to help himIt's not easy to adapt to the philosophy of Barcelona, so that everything is so media, to arrive a day late to training and it seems that the world is over, "he reflected.
In addition, he sees "good to be ambitious and want to play". "But then you also have to respect the group and know that the group is always ahead", explained." The problem is for the coach, but the most important thing is the attitude. In the management of a wardrobe there are problems every day. They are many egos and you have to know how to manage, we all believe that we are the best and that we have to play, "he said.
Still on Dembélé, in this case on the reprimand of Gerard Piqué to the Gaul for having arrived late to the game against the Real Betis or for those problems of punctuality in the trainings, emphasizing that think and act 24 hours as a footballer, Puyol joked with the Catalan central.
"Ah, has Gerard already realized that you have to live football 24 hours? It's very good," he said with a laugh. "If he says it, it's because he does it," he said, more serious in this sense who was a teammate behind Piqué in probably the best Barça in history.
"For me the arrival of Gerard was very important because I did live football for 24 hours and he taught me that you always have to leave some to enjoy as well, it is true that the highest competition demands taking care of oneself," he said.
"Jordi Alba is at a very high level"
On the other hand, on the return of Jordi Alba to the Spanish team of Luis Enrique Martinez, after some first calls from the Asturian without calling him, he considered it "fair" and that it will be good for the group. "I have not talked about the subject with anyone, we are talking about a player who is playing at a very high level and if he is not the best, he is among the best three and he can give a lot," he said.
In this sense, it took iron to the rumors that something happened between Luis Enrique and Alba at Barça. "The coach knows him very well, he will have his reasons for not having called him before, but the performance has its reward, the important thing is Alba's attitude at all times," he argued.