Ousmane Dembele recorded a one hundred per cent pass completion price on his return to the Barcelona workforce after over three months out due to damage.
The €a hundred and five million August arrival from Borussia Dortmund, purchased as a alternative for Neymar, made his return from a torn hamstring instead in Thursday’s first leg of his aspect’s final-sixteen Copa del Rey tie at Celta Vigo.
Barca head coach Ernesto Valverde indicated after Dembele performed 20 minutes of that 1-1 draw that the 20-yr-previous was not but match sufficient to begin a recreation.
However Valverde sprung a shock by naming Dembele in his aspect for Sunday’s La Liga recreation at house to Levante, which Barcelona gained three-zero to transfer 9 factors away from Atletico Madrid on the prime of the desk.
Dembele was handed a free position in assault behind Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez – who each scored within the first half – and the France worldwide was vigorous.
Regardless of displaying some indicators of rustiness, Dembele accomplished all 35 of his tried passes, 29 of which have been within the Levante half, earlier than being substituted after sixty six minutes.
The unbeaten run continues! We have now now gone 27 video games since defeat in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League (21 wins, six attracts).
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 7, 2018
Valverde was impressed with the ahead’s contribution on his second Liga begin, with no different Barca participant boasting a perfect passing report.
“We’re proud of him,” Valverde stated after Barca moved 17 factors away from Actual Madrid.
“He performed able that we knew he would carry out. He has to assist us. He has contact, velocity and performs nicely. We really feel good to have another participant.”
Valverde’s squad shall be additional bolstered by the arrival of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, who was signed on Saturday for a €one hundred sixty million charge.