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Dembele return disappoints Valverde


Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admits winger Ousmane Dembele's return from injury was disappointing as the La Liga leaders succumbed to 0-0 draw with Getafe on Sunday.

In what was the Blaugrana's first game without scoring all season, the £94.50m (R1.56b) off-season signing from Borussia Dortmund was afforded the final 27 minutes of play since returning from a one-month layoff due to a muscle injury.

And Valverde feels the injury-plagued France international, who's featured in fewer minutes (170) than club-record £108m (R1.79b) January arrival Philippe Coutinho (218) in the league this season, was out of luck against Azulones.

"Dembele came on at a moment when we thought he could help us out by running at players in one-on-one situations," Valverde said after the game.

"He had to try and use his strengths, which is when he's up against players and driving at them. He didn't have much luck with that today, but it's better that he tried those things than to not try anything."

Despite Barca's slip-up, they remain seven points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.


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