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Ousmane Dembele seems ‘back to his best,’ says Lizarazu

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The Barcelona star scored for France against Kazazkhstan

Kazakhstan v France - Qualifying World Cup 2022 Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele “seems to be back to his best” after managing to put his injury problems behind him this season, according to French World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu.

Dembele’s form at the Camp Nou has seen him recalled to the French squad after an absence of two years, and he scored in Sunday’s World Cup qualifying win over Kazakhstan.

Lizarazu admits there were doubts about Dembele, because of his injuries, but has praised the forward for getting his career back on track.

“He seems to be back to his best,” he said.

“This was not a guarantee after his serious injury last year. You even wondered if he was going to regain all of his athleticism. The answer is: yes he has.

“He now seems to have understood what the life of a high-level footballer should be.

“He, above all, hired a personal physical trainer to work specifically on his weaknesses, and this seems to have born fruit.”

Source | TF1

Coach Didier Deschamps also complimented Dembele after the match, while the French newspapers were full of praise for the Barcelona forward on Monday, according to Mundo Deportivo.