Ousmane Dembele says he needs to be a key participant at World Cup 2022 after serving to France kick off their marketing campaign with a 4-1 win over Australia on Wednesday.
Les Blues got here from behind to see off the Socceroos, with Dembele teeing up Kylian Mbappe through the recreation.
Dembele spoke to reporters after the match at a press convention about how he’s matured and is able to make an enormous contribution to the France crew.
“I had some troublesome years. Once you examine the match from 2018 and Tuesday’s match, there are many modifications,” he mentioned.
“I’m coming into the match off the again of a year-and-a-half with out an damage. I’ve aged, and turn out to be extra mature each in my recreation and off the pitch. I’m bold. I wish to begin matches. I wish to be a key participant at this World Cup. I wish to rating and to create objectives.”
The Barcelona ahead additionally spoke about his efficiency towards Australia and what coach Didier Deschamps has advised him.
“The coach spoke to me a bit extra about my defensive positioning. I felt good. For some time now I’ve been extra assured. I attempt to deliver issues to the crew,” he mentioned.
“There have been some balls that I may have executed extra with. We have been stunned that they pressed us so excessive. We thought they might have a decrease block. On the wings, we have been usually 1-v-1.”
Dembele is more likely to begin once more subsequent day trip for France. Deschamps’s crew tackle Denmark subsequent after which end off the group stage with a tie towards Tunisia.