More is expected from 'genius' Dembele, Valverde says
- Valverde says he has high expectations for the Frenchman because he knows what he is capable of.
- A player like Ousmane is very difficult to find in the market, the coach points out.
- Valverde also explains why he has taken Dembele off against Slavia - the opponents were closing him down.
Ousmane Dembele has been unconvincing for Barcelona so far this season, having played six games with one goal scored.
While previewing the clash against Celta, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has admitted he expects more from the forward.
"We have talked a lot about Dembele. We all wait a lot from him," Valverde pointed out (h/t BarcaTimes). "We have seen him do genius with the ball at his feet and we always hope that this genius will appear. He is a very difficult player to find in the market."
Valverde used the latest game against Slavia as an example, explaining why he replaced Ousmane with Fati in 65 minute of the clash.
"Last game was suited for both Dembele and Ansu Fati. They closed down Dembele and that made it difficult for him to run, something what he likes to do. In the second half, he was better, but I chose to substitute him."
This is what Ousmane is capable of when he is fit:
Just recently, the Frenchman was left out of the squad for Levante game despite being nominally fit, because Ernesto Valverde and his coaching team thought he wasn't ready to feature.