In the wake of Neymar's record-breaking departure from Camp Nou in the summer of 2017, €105 million was invested in an exciting France worldwide.
Should they pick up a point or more, they will equal Real Sociedad's streak across 1978/79 and 1979/80, and move seven games away from the first unbeaten La Liga season in history.
But when receiving praise for the achievement, the Barcelona manager was quick to show his class and thank his predecessor Luis Enrique, who oversaw seven of the 38 games past year.
Even in that game they were not at their best, though, with two own goals helping them to victory - but that will matter little if they can move within four games of the La Liga title by the end of the weekend, with second-placed Atletico Madrid taking on rivals Real Madrid on Sunday.
Having only made his professional debut for Rennes in September 2015, and then spent one season in Germany, Dembele is now gracing the same side as World Cup champions and five time Ballon d'Or victor Messi.
After being picked out by Philippe Coutinho, Messi then doubled the score-line, holding off two defenders before finding the net with a trademark finish, which he nearly passed into the goal.Читайте также: Amazon, Twitter and Moviepass — Business Briefs
And it was the usual suspect Lionel Messi that opened the scoring in the 27th minutes as he showcase his brilliant free kick ability, from a long distance. Coutinho raced infield and delivered an inch-perfect pass which the Argentina global took in his stride while holding off two defenders before sending a left-footed strike into the bottom corner from 15 yards.
The lead was doubled five minutes later as Philippe Coutinho threaded a fine pass to Messi, who sent a fine finish past Ceullar from close range.
The visitors then ensured a nervy Camp Nou on 68 minutes when former Liverpool winger Nabil El Zhar found the bottom corner from the edge of the box to reduce the deficit.
"It's what I've always done and if I can do it with goals, even better".
Valverde added: "It's been hard to achieve".
"He's doing well and we saw that tonight". Earlier on Saturday, Sevilla's hopes of qualifying for Europe next season took a hit with a 4-0 thumping at Celta Vigo.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.