Xavi compares Ousmane Dembele’s abilities to a prime Neymar

Xavi believes that when one-on-one with opponents, Ousmane Dembele is as good as Neymar was in his prime.

Dembele has been one of Barcelona’s most impressive players since Xavi took over as manager last season, and was at his scintillating best in the 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen.

The Frenchman got two assists, created numerous chances and tormented the Plzen defence all night long with his pace and dribbling.

Xavi couldn’t be happier with his player and thinks that, in that department, he’s at the same level as prime Neymar.

“He is happy, enjoying himself, content, he is important for me, for the group,” the coach said after the match.