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Carles Puyol: We Need to Help Dembélé, But Being Late is Not Good Enough

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The former captain also said Dembélé needs to reflect and make the most of his chances

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Former FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has offered young star Ousmane Dembélé advice: ”It’s important that he reflects and thinks about things, because when you’re young you don’t realize what you may be letting go.”

Puyol was helping raise funds to fight cancer at the Sant Joan de Deu hospital. ”The team have to help him because it’s not easy to adapt to the philosophy of Barcelona where everything is very different,” he said.

”He’s arrived late to training and he must learn that isn’t good enough. He has good teachers who will help him, but it will depend on his attitude. In the management of a dressing room there are problems every day because there are many egos in there. We all believe that we are the best and we must play, and the job for the coach to choose. The important thing then is the attitude of each player, because being ambitious is fine, but respecting the group is always above that.”

Source: MARCA in English

“I think he’s amenable and if he wants to improve and learn, he is in the best place,” Puyol said. “But it depends on him.”