Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

France's Didier Deschamps - Ousmane Dembele must improve tardiness habit

France's Didier Deschamps - Ousmane Dembele must improve tardiness habit

Barca last endured a league defeat at the Camp Nou against Alaves in September 2016 but, following 42 games unbeaten, their run was ended by a brilliant, counter-attacking display from Betis. Barcelona won four games and drew one without him, including a 5-1 rout of Real Madrid.

Asked whether the team took it easy with the knowledge that their talisman Leo Messi was back following injury, Valverde was categorical in his response.

The Spanish press weren't entirely sympathetic in the aftermath, with Mundo Deportivo branding the result a "lesson" for Barcelona.

Barcelona now sit one point clear at the top of La Liga heading into the worldwide break.

Espanyol could jump both and move level on points with the Catalans when they visit Sevilla later on Sunday.

The defender approached Suarez who reportedly said: "Now you're going to f*** me for a pass, do not f*** with me".

France coach Didier Deschamps warned Dembele, who is in the World Cup winners' squad for internationals against Netherlands and Uruguay, he needs to be more professional, while Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique said the squad is "all here to help him."

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Klopp, meanwhile, has identified Dembele as the flawless player to lead his side's title challenge and is reportedly weighing up the possibility of shattering Liverpool's club record fee to sign him.

Messi duly dispatched the spot-kick into the top corner, but Betis restored their two-goal lead just five minutes later when Lo Celso's shot went through the hands of Ter Stegen.

"We will nearly never be the team that concedes the fewest goals because of our attacking philosophy, but we know we have to improve".

Arturo Vidal quickly responded with a goal down the other end but Rakitic was then dismissed for a second booking and Sergio Canales soon made it 4-2. His cute cut-back picked out Joaquin, who stabbed in Betis' second. "They won the match in the first half".

"Today, for example, we should have stopped their first goal by committing a foul".

Dembele's first season in Spain was blighted by a serious hamstring injury but the winger has failed to hold down a regular place since returning to full fitness this season amid rumours he's infuriating Nou Camp chiefs with his lack of professionalism.

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