With neither one nor the other Antoine Griezmann ni Kylian Mbappe constantly shine this season at the Blaugrana or Paris Saint Germain respectively, Dembele is the Blues’ fittest forward at the moment.
Dembele came out of the bench in Francedraw 1-1 of Ukraine, but started in their 2-0 win over Kazakhstan. The Barcelona forward stood out with his performance, scoring a goal and receiving Deschampspraise after the game.
« Dembele confirms that he is on the right track ”, Deschamps said in the post-match press conference.
“He is able to repeat his efforts and stand out and he was rewarded with this goal. ”
Dembelecounter goal Kazakhstan was his first international strike since 2018 and his fifth in 2021 in all competitions with the two Barcelona and France.
Put his injury problems behind him
Ronald Koeman appears to have helped the forward regain his form in Catalonia, where he has struggled with fitness issues since arriving in 2017.
“Honestly, in 2017 I was very weak”, Dembele recently revealed in an interview with Telefoot.
“Now I have changed physically and I feel better prepared for the games.
“This year is going better, I have improved a lot Barcelona with the help of fitness coaches, how to train and how to prepare for games. Everything changed.
“Now I feel good about myself even though I struggled with all of these fitness issues for three years. These are life experiences that should be taken with a smile. ”
The flashes and frustrations of Mbappe and Griezmann
Meanwhile, Mbappe scored 30 goals in all competitions for PSG this season, but hasn’t scored a goal in their last three games since France.
Mbappe has been replaced by Deschamps against Ukraine despite France being in pursuit of a winner and was benched four days later for the clash with Kazakhstan.
the PSG superstar came off the bench with the score 2-0 against the Kazakh side and with 15 minutes remaining he received a penalty, but failed to convert.
For its part, Griezmann opened the scoring with a brilliant goal against Ukraine, but failed to hit the back of the net against Kazakhstan.
the Barcelona the front struggled to find its role at Barcelona following his transfer of several million euros from Atletico Madrid in 2019.
Meanwhile, Dembele seized the opportunities offered to him by Koeman this season, has been working on his fitness issues and currently appears to be the fittest French striker.