Valverde: Barca must help Dembele unlock talent

first_imgBarcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde believes the club must pull together to ensure Ousmane Dembele reaches his potential. Dembele came off the bench with 10 minutes to go away to Atletico Madrid on Saturday, Diego Costa having given the hosts the lead with a towering back-post header.And when Lionel Messi fed the France forward on the right of the box in the last minute, Dembele beat goalkeeper Jan Oblak with a low shot that squeezed past international team-mate Lucas Hernandez on the line. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Dembele has had a difficult adaptation at Barcelona after joining from Borussia Dortmund, a serious long-term injury affecting his development last season.Regular stories speculating Dembele could leave Barcelona have appeared in the media, as well as reports about his private life.Dembele’s time-keeping has also been an issue but Valverde feels it must be a collective effort for the 21-year-old, who has scored five league goals this season, to hit his peak.”He has decisive appearances in the game and with important goals,” Valverde told a news conference. “He has had continuity, in a team it takes everything”Dembele has things that nobody else in the squad has – self-confidence, one against one, shooting with both feet, personality…”You have to help him get the talent out.”7 – No other player has won more points with his goals than Ousmane Dembélé in La Liga this season (seven points with five goals). Rescuer. pic.twitter.com/36QgTjg6IF — OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 24, 2018 Atletico have never beaten Barca in the league during Diego Simeone’s seven years in charge but they are only a point behind Valverde’s leaders, who lost their last match 4-3 at home to Real Betis.Valverde, though, demurred when asked if he feels Atletico are going to offer the strongest challenge to his side in the title race, with Real Madrid five points back after their 3-0 loss at Eibar.”I do not know if they are the main one, but they are a rival,” he added. “If we see the game, we played a big percentage in the opposite half because we wanted to win.”We lacked some spark, but we have to see how Atleti defends, in their stadium, it is difficult to find lines and unbalance them.”In general there are things to improve, we lacked some spark in the last few metres, but we controlled the opponent well, not like in the previous game.”last_img read more

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PM Calls On Youth to Reject Crime and Violence in Communities

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is calling on Jamaica’s youth to reject crime and violence in their communities.He said that young people, as part of their civic duty, have a responsibility to renounce the influence of the dons and gangs and report any criminal activity.“It is the right thing, it is the honourable thing, it is the good thing to do,” he said.“We are only going to change when we have a new generation of empowered Jamaicans who reject the gangs and reject violence,” he added.He was speaking at a student empowerment and motivational session at Penwood High School in West Central St. Andrew on Tuesday (November 6).Mr. Holness, who is the Member of Parliament for the area, noted that a number of communities that are impacted by crime, among other negative factors, continue to lose residents with great potential, who are capable of effecting change.He pointed out that many of these persons are leaving in search of a better life, as they believe that it is difficult to make any change.The Prime Minister said that in a number of instances, there are individuals in these areas who are not inclined to be civic-minded and have been allowed to have “a dominant voice” within their neighbourhoods.“They have, in fact, corrupted the society, and they have managed to get into your heads, as young people, to misdirect and divert you from the right path. We have to confront that… and we need to empower you to stand up against those people… in your own way [by trying] to [among other things] reach out to a friend who is being diverted on the wrong pathway,” he said.Mr. Holness told the students that key messages for them to bear in mind are that “violence is not the only way to resolve conflict and that dons, gang leaders and criminals are illegitimate”.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), recites the National Pledge with students of Penwood High School in St. Andrew, after addressing them during a motivational and empowerment session at the institution on Tuesday (November 6).“They are corrupting our society, and you, as good citizens, should cooperate with the police and give as much information as you have on these criminals. That is the only way that we are going to turn the tide of criminality in this society. It is an uncomfortable truth, but it has to be done,” he underscored.Mr. Holness further emphasised that “until we have this very strong empowered youth who have that view, then the gang members will always feel that they have protection in their communities”.“Gang members have not served us. They are criminals [and] must not have protection in their communities,” he added.last_img read more

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