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Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona create new rule for Ousmane Dembele after turning up late to training

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Ousmane Dembele's solo goal eight minutes into the game against Tottenham was a reminder to the world about his ridiculous talent.

His fellow countryman Kylian Mbappe has received universal praise in the last year and rightly so, but Dembele is not far behind in terms of potential.

Barcelona's enigmatic winger danced past Kyle Walker-Peters and Harry Winks, before sliding the ball under Hugo Lloris.

Dembele's acceleration, sprint speed, close control and ambidexterity make him a nightmare for any defender.

If he can finally add prolonged consistency to his game, Barca will have there very own Mbappe.

Of course, a lot of his progress has been hindered by his attitude off the pitch.

Dembele's love of video games and television programmes has led to him turning up late to training on a number of occasions.

The latest episode came the day after his stunning performance in the 4-0 win over Espanyol, with the Frenchman reportedly a whole two hours late.

Ernesto Valverde hasn't criticised the player publicly, but internal sanctions have been implemented.

Dembele celebrates vs Spurs

And according to Marca, the Blaugrana have created a new rule for Dembele in which he is now not allowed to turn his phone off.

He's also not allowed to have it on silent overnight, to allow the club to always be able to contact him if he does oversleep.

Jordi Alba stated on Thursday that he believes Dembele does need to improve off of the pitch.

"He [Dembele] is an important player for us," Alba said, per Goal.

Alba in action with Barca

"He's young, but in the dressing room we've never had any issues. At the end of the day he is playing well.

"Things can improve off the pitch but we are happy with him."

Barca face a tough trip to Levante on Sunday and after his performance against Spurs, Dembele is likely to start once again.

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Ernesto Valverde
Ousmane Dembele
Jordi Alba
La Liga
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