Dembele

Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele feels he’s far from his best after making his first appearance at Camp Nou following a four-month injury absence.

The start of Dembele’s Barca career has been heavily disrupted by a hamstring injury but he successfully completed 100 per cent of his passes in a composed return as Barca beat Levante 3-0 on Sunday to restore their nine-point advantage over Atletico Madrid.

Dembele has plenty of self-confidence in his ability to improve further.

“I played on Tuesday against Celta, which was a difficult game, and now I had to play at home for the first time after the injury and I was excited,” Dembele is quoted by Marca.

“I have a lot of work to do to get up to speed, but I’m calm.”

“It was harder to maintain concentration and be consistent in order to meet the recovery deadlines,” he said.

“I know it is complicated and difficult to play in this team, but I like the philosophy of the club, which I have to learn.

“I have been learning about the dynamic of the group in the time that I was away.”