December 16, 2018, 12:19:08 am

Author Topic: Valverde: Dembele's performance is something to be happy about  (Read 975 times)

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Ousmane Dembele's first year in Catalonia didn't go as well as he would have hoped, sbo333 but the Frenchman started 2018/19 in spectacular fashion by scoring a long-range winner in the Supercopa de Espana victory over Sevilla. His coach Ernesto Valverde was not just pleased about the goal, but about Dembele's performance as a whole."I don't know if he needs matches like today, that is a question for him" Valverde replied when asked if Sunday night would have boosted the player's confidence."He is with us and we have high expectations for him."He has great quality and is here with us."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."Analysing the entire encounter, the coach was relieved to have come out the other end with the title. "We are happy because we were competing for a title against a great opponent," sbo333 he said. "We knew that the circumstances of this match were different."It was a very difficult match because we started off by falling behind and we had to mount a comeback."Many players came into this game after time off, having only just returned this week, and this was obvious."We got better as the game went on."It was a good match, in which they also had chances. "It is good to win because it boosts you in what you're doing and allows you to start the season in a positive way."Another topic of discussion was the transfer market and the club's plans for the final few weeks. "We are never going to find another Andres Iniesta, that's impossible because there is only one and he is in Japan," Valverde said when asked about the midfield. "I don't think about signings."I think about my team and preparing for the next match."That's my plan, although everything is up in the air until the window closes."Valverde and Barcelona now prepare for their first league game of the season, which is at home to Alaves next weekend. sbo333