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'We're happy with Dembele'

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Pin Valverde defended Dembele's perfomance against Espanyol. EFE
Valverde defended Dembele's perfomance against Espanyol. EFE

'We're happy with Dembele'

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was happy with Ousmane Dembele's performance in the Catalan Super Cup victory over Espanyol on Wednesday. The Frenchman started the game and was involved heavily in the opening exchanges but he faded in the second half.

"We thought Dembele did well. He tried to get involved in the game and took players on. Little by little. We hope that will translate into league games," Valverde explained when asked about the French international.

The former Athletic Bilbao boss also discussed the injury picked up by Denis Suarez, with there no sign that it is anything serious. "I was enjoying Denis' game. His injury was a shame, but I don't think he'll be out for too long. He'll be back with us in no time," Valverde told the press.

 

Finally, Valverde touched on Real Madrid's victory over PSG on Tuesday night, saying that you can never write 'Los Blancos' off. "Real Madrid are Real Madrid and generally they do well in these kinds of games," he said.

Despite the potential for a 'Clásico' in the latter stages of the Champions League, Valverde insisted that he is only thinking about the game against Chelsea, saying: "Real Madrid the team to beat? No, for us, Chelsea are our rival. We play them on Wednesday."

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