Ousmane Dembélé on Qatar stadium atmosphere: “It’s not the Vélodrome.”

Speaking at France’s press conference this afternoon, winger Ousmane Dembélé praised the support Les Bleus received from their fans, who are said to have numbered just over 3,000 in attendance at yesterday’s win over Australia.

Having been asked whether he was in any way disappointed by the atmosphere, the Barcelona winger replied that it was gine to him, and that he could hear the supporters cheer the team on.

“We were happy. It’s not quite the Vélodrome [Marseille stadium] or Borussia Dortmund [smiles] but we were very happy with the support. We went to clap them at the end.”

Dembélé went on to explain that Deschamps had instructed him to take players on and bring some danger on the right-hand side of the attack, and that he felt good about his performance even if he says he could have done better on certain balls. On Australia’s adventurous start to the match, the former Rennes man points out that Les Bleus were surprised to begin with, and that they opted to attack on the wings to try and break their opponents down – a tactic which evidently worked out for Didier Deschamps’ men.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin

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