Have high expecations from Ousmane Dembele, says Barcelona coach Valverde

first_imgOusmane Dembele endured a torrid start to his Barcelona career but after a decent show for France in Russia, his confidence his sky high and that showed on Sunday when Barcelona lifed the Spanish Super Cup for a record extending 13th time.Dembele played a telling role in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over and scored a long-range stunner in Tangier as the Blaugrana picked up their first piece of silverware of the season.Moments such as that has been rare in Dembele’s one-year stay at Barcelona so far since his 147 million Euros move to Barcelona from Dortmund last year.A severe hamstring injury kept him out for nearly fourt months and he suffered another injury after returning to action in January and that made his last year at Barcelona a difficult and unsuccessful one.When he was fit the winger played tentatively, showing little of the imagination and quality that persuaded Barcelona to sign him as a replacement for Neymar.#SupercopaBarç[email protected] (41′)@Dembouz (78′) pic.twitter.com/93yf5k1pbZFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 13, 2018Catalan media questioned his professionalism and rumours that he would leave Barcelona circulated even as he lifted the World Cup with France in July.Also read – Ter Stegen, Dembele star as Barcelona beat Sevilla to lift Spanish Super CupHowever, after his fantastic show against Sevilla, coach Ernesto Valverde said that he counts on Dembele as he started the forward alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.”He is with us and we have high expectations for him. He has great quality and is here with us,” Valverde said.advertisement”He took part and he scored a goal, which I think is something to be happy about. As the game went on, he got better.”In the second half, as Barcelona struggled to break down the Andalusians, Dembele took a step forward and became the games most dangerous player, ramming home the winner in the 78th minute.With Suarez and Messi both 31 and losing speed, if not quality, Dembele’s urgency could give Barcelona a vital outlet this season.The forward is capable of using both feet equally well, his goal lashed home with his right foot even though he says his left is stronger.With his injuries cleared up and a place in the side there taking, the onus is on Dembele to deliver this season and he has started as he means to go on.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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