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Martin Braithwaite claims Ousmane Dembele ‘provides more for Barcelona than hat-trick hero Robert Lewandowski’ after the Frenchman provided two assists in Catalonia’s Champions League opening game
- Martin Braithwaite thinks Ousmane Dembele deserves more recognition
- Dembélé starred in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen
- The 25-year-old star provided two assists during the Champions League match
- Braithwaite thinks he has delivered more than his teammate Robert Lewandowski
- Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in the Catalan’s 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen
Martin Braithwaite thinks Ousmane Dembele deserves more credit for his performance against Viktoria Plzen than Robert Lewandowski.
The Catalan giants took a 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen in their opening match of the Champions League, setting the tone in their group, which also includes Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.
Robert Lewandowski, a new summer signing, stole the headlines by scoring a hat-trick – contributing to Franck Kessie and Ferran Torres goals for the Spanish giants in the match.
Martin Braithwaite (left) thinks Ousmane Dembele (right) deserves more recognition
However, Braithwaite believes Dembele deserves to be commended for his contribution during the match. He believes the ‘serial assistant’ played a key role in the Catalan’s success.
Dembele provided two assists during the game, the first coming from recovering the opponent’s ball before putting a perfect cross to Lewandowski’s head.
The 25-year-old then registered a second assist by playing a looping chip over the top of the defense for Torres to finish first.
Braithwaite thinks Dembele has meant more to Barcelona than his team-mate Lewandowski
Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in the Catalan’s 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday.
Speaking with RAC1, via Mundo DeportivoBraithwaite said, ‘Hey [Dembele] makes the difference more than Lewandowski.
‘Ousmane is a very good boy, I like him very much. He has an enormous talent, I’ve never seen anything like it. Messi is something else, but I’ve never seen anyone like Ousmane.’
Barcelona manager Xavi was also full of praise for Dembélé. He said the 25-year-old has the capacity to be as good as Neymar.
Barcelona boss Xavi praised Dembele for his performance and said he is ‘capable of making a difference’
The boss also compared Dembele’s one-on-one skill to PSG superstar Neymar (pictured)
The Barca boss said: ‘Hey [Dembele] is happy, enjoying himself, satisfied, he is important to me, to the group… He makes the difference, assists, scores, he is a knife and he is in a good moment.
“I don’t want to praise him, but the ability he has in the one-on-one is at the level of the best Neymar. He needs to be bolder, shoot more on target and score.
“He is a good boy and he should take advantage of these qualities. He can and does make a difference.’