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Barcelona coach Valverde defends playing Dembele before crock

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde defended playing Ousmane Dembele for their Champions League thrashing of Lyon.

The Frenchman replaced Philippe Coutinho in the 70th minute, with the score 2-1 in Barcelona's favour, and he went on to score the fifth in a 5-1 victory, though it came at a cost as Dembele will now miss three to four weeks with a hamstring strain.

"He had some annoyance the day before, but I decided to risk him because it was such a decisive match," Valverde said about Dembele in his press conference.

"And, according to the scoreline, I decided to bring him on, although he will now be out for three or four weeks.

"The feelings that I had before the game was great; he thought he could play without any issues and wanted to start.

"If it wasn't for the scoreline, I wouldn't have put him on."

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