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Ernesto Valverde hails "sensational" Ousmane Dembele

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde hails Ousmane Dembele for putting in a "sensational" performance against Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday night.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has paid tribute to Ousmane Dembele for putting in a "sensational" performance against Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday night.

Dembele impressed for the Spanish champions against the Yellow Submarine, setting up the team's opening goal and playing a key role in their 2-0 success.

The France international has had his problems off the pitch this season, but Valverde was delighted with the former Borussia Dortmund's display at the weekend.

"Dembele was sensational for us," Valverde told reporters. "He was one of our standout performers and added a lot to our performances – he beat players, showed his pace, his dribbling abilities, his self-belief – he took risks and they paid off.

"We believe he can continue to show this in forthcoming games because we are not surprised by this and we believe it has been on its way. We are obviously really happy with the performance but this is Dembele's level and we believe we should be expecting even more now."

Dembele has scored seven times and registered four assists in 18 appearances for Barcelona this season.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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