Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde doesn't think Dembélé's substitute appearance turned out as well as expected as his side were held to a goalless draw against Getafe on Sunday.
"Dembele came on at a moment when we thought he could help us out by running at players in one-on-one situations," Valverde said at his postmatch news conference.
"Maybe you could tell that he's not played a lot of football recently, though, because it didn't go quite as well as he would have liked against a strong opponent."
"He had to try and use his strengths, which is when he's up against players and driving at them. He didn't have much luck with that today, but it's better that he tried those things than to not try anything."