Ernesto Valverde: Iniesta teaches you a lesson in every game

The Barça coach also spoke Dembele and Sergi Roberto's ban

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Ernesto Valverde lauded Andres Iniesta after the midfielder’s performance in his penultimate game at Camp Nou. 

Àngels Fàbregues


Iniesta was involved in setting up two of Barcelona’s goals as they beat Villarreal 5-1. 

He was then taken off on the hour mark to a standing ovation, with just two more games to come in a Blaugrana shirt and only one in Barcelona. 

“Iniesta teaches you a lesson in every game,” Valverde said after the game. “We will miss him because he’s a unique player. 

“There’s no else like him, they same with [Lionel Messi]. Of course we are going to miss him.” 

Ousmane Dembele showed what we may be able to expect in the post-Iniesta years, setting up Philippe Coutinho’s opener and scoring two of his own. 

The second goal the Frenchman scored was brilliant, a solo run from his own half and a chipped finish. 

“We have spoke many times about Dembele,” Valverde added. “He is player with a lot of talent: great technique, can use both feet, he’s quick, he’s got that spark, he unbalances defences… 

“We think he can help us. He’s very young and he has a lot of time ahead of him still. All players need time to adapt, when you’re young there are things you need to learn, but the second goal he scored today was incredible.”

Valverde also lamented the four-game ban given to Sergi Roberto, labelling it as “excessive” and backing the club’s decision to appeal it. 


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