With Dembélé’s goal, Barcelona defeated Real Sociedad 1-0, thus reaching the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup. On behalf of the Catalans, Ronald Araújo and Alejandro Baldé spoke after the match. Both talked about the team’s current form and praised Dembélé.
“It was a tough match, as we expected, I am satisfied with the result. We were very good, we attacked high. We knew what we had to do. With a man disadvantage, they closed in at the back and we hardly had any space.”
“They put us under pressure at the end, but we survived and are in a good series.”
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“I like to play against big strikers and beat them. You have to be ready for whoever comes in.”
“Ousmane played a great game. We know what a quality player he is. He helps us with the goals. He makes good decisions, which is the most important thing, and which perhaps he struggled with in the beginning”.
“I’m sure that Xavi will stab us now for not closing the game earlier. I am happy and we will correct our mistakes. Now the championship follows, but we are happy to be in the semi-finals”.
Xavi also singled out Dembélé after the match.
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“In the first half, we had many opportunities to end the match earlier, but the opponent in front of us was Real Sociedad.”
“We can close many games early. We will try to work on it. We are in very good shape.”
“Our goal is to win the cup, we want to raise the cup.”
“I don’t know if this is our best form, but it’s a good moment. I can’t say what has changed since last year. Maybe it’s confidence, I don’t know.”
“It fills me with pride that Ousmane is in the team. He has virtues in attack. When it’s like that, it’s a source of pride. If he’s good, it’s best if he’s in the team.”
“I don’t know if I’m an unquestionable beginner. I just think about making the most of my opportunities.”
“He is an excellent goalkeeper. It is in very good shape. I am very happy that we have such a goalkeeper, because he saved us many times”.