Coutinho, Ernesto Valverde heap praise on improved Ousmane Dembele

Jose Mourinho Manchester United Chelsea Premier League

Dembele used a quick cut back in the area to open a passing lane and slipped a ball to Coutinho, who completed the move with a skillful flick of the inside of his right boot to beat Malaga goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez.

After a hard debut season at the Camp Nou, the former Borussia Dortmund winger looked settled on Saturday and his football was free-flowing as a result.

Dembele joined from Borussia Dortmund last summer for €105 million but the pressure of that price tag and a long-term injury earlier in the season have disrupted his first year in Spain.

"We congratulate him and we are looking forward to having him back in the next game. But there's still a way to go".

Valencia is on course to lock up a top-four finish and Champions League berth after beating Sevilla 2-0, its nearest rival for fourth place.

Ernesto Valverde's team came out happy to control and impose themselves on a despairing Malaga side in the second half, with the visitors content to take their foot off the pedal somewhat.

"We congratulate him and he will be there for his next game". The first leg finished 0-0. They're a strong side, they defend together.

Barca will benefit from a fresh Messi against the Premier League champions at Camp Nou.

The Blaugrana initially announced the omission of the Argentina worldwide due to "personal reasons", but later on social media, he posted a picture confirming his wife Antonella Roccuzzo has given birth.

- Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 35 LaLiga games (W29 D6) - they need three more to equal the longest unbeaten run of any team in LaLiga history (Real Sociedad, 38 in 1980). Yet both should be fine for the Chelsea game, with Barca leaving it late before taking a decision on Andres Iniesta's fitness.

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