Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde backs Ousmane Dembele to get better

Ernesto Valverde banks on debutant Ousmane Dembele to make instant impact against Espanyol

Luis Suarez accepted a mixed outing in front of goal would be the price to pay for rushing back to play in Barcelona's 5-0 derby romp against Espanyol.

Barca are one of only three teams in La Liga to win both their opening games, beating Real Betis and Alaves 2-0 without hitting top gear but are set to be boosted by the debut appearance of striker Dembele on Saturday.

Earlier, Real paid for the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and a series of missed chances by Gareth Bale as they were held to a shock 1-1 home draw by newly-promoted Levante.

Messi opened scoring in the 26th minute amid suspicion of offside and doubled the lead 10 minutes before the break.

The Argentine wizard scored his second nine minutes later as he slid in Jordi Alba's low centre.

Valverde, speaking about Messi's impact for the team in their match with Espanyol said in a post-match news conference: "I am happy for Leo who scored three goals and is extraordinary".




"Despite the result, it wasn't easy".

On the pitch Barcelona have won their opening two games of the season, despite not playing their best football and they can expect Espanyol to again make things hard for them.

With 20 minutes left of the game, Ernesto Valverde drafted on Barcelona's £97 million man.

Valverde said he was pleased to be ahead of Madrid, although he conceded it meant little so early in the season.

The Uruguayan went on to state: "They are three important points because they allow us to take advantage of our direct rivals slipping up, but of course, it is only the third match of the season".

'His team-mates know that he has real quality'.

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