Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde has challenged Ousmane Dembele to maintain his form after the France forward impressed in Barcelona’s 2:0 win over Villarreal on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Dembele started Barca’s first nine games of the season but has been in and out of the side since he was dropped for the Champions League game at Tottenham in October, 2018.

His professionalism has been called into question, with complains about his bad habits, but he has made a big impact on the pitch over the last week.

The late goal he scored against Atletico Madrid earned Barca a point. He also set up Messi’s goal against PSV Eindhoven and his brilliant cross created Gerard Pique’s opener against Villarreal.

Speaking at a news conference after the game, Valverde said:

“Dembele produced a great performance.

“He was one of the players that stood out. He has so many things to his game: pace, he can dribble, beat players, self-confidence, he takes risks… We hope he can keep showing that in the coming games.

“But this has been coming, it’s not an isolated [performance]. But we can also ask for more. He ended the game tired after the effort he put in and we are really happy with him”.

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