FC Barcelona – La Liga Welcome PSG to Camp Nou on Tuesday
Barcelona are set to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League Round of 16 and Ousmane Dembele believes that the French side will seek revenge for the elimination at the hands of the Blaugrana in 2017.
PSG beat Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of the Round 16 tie four years ago, but the Catalans managed to come back in the return leg, beat their rivals 6-1 and qualify to the quarter-finals of the competition.
“I think that game will go down in history, especially that of Barcelona,” Dembele said in an interview with UEFA.com.
“The 4-0 [result] of the first leg is very difficult for any team in Europe to turn around, even more in the Champions League.
“But they did it with a great team with players like Neymar, Leo [Messi] or Andres Iniesta.
“There will be an atmosphere of revenge. Also, thanks to the media that try to give life to things. However, we do not talk about it in the squad because we know it will be a difficult game.
“We know PSG, they are the current runners-up in the Champions League and they are among the favourites to win the title.”
Dembele seems to have rediscovered his form in the last few games and he believes that his coaches at Barcelona have helped him improve both fitness-wise and tactically.
“Physically I think I have changed,” Dembele added. “When I arrived here, I was very fragile.
“I was starting as a professional at Stade Rennais and Borussia Dortmund, I was very fragile, but I have come a long way and I found fitness coaches here and everything changed.
“I received advice, when to attack, when to be calm with the ball.
“I liked to move forward only when I had the ball, and they told me to wait and try to find a teammate and not dribble three or four rivals.”
The French winger also hailed the work of Ronald Koeman since his coach’s arrival at Barcelona back in summer.
“A lot of things have changed with [Koeman], especially regarding training and preparing for the matches,” Dembele noted.
“Physically, we feel very good. The training is both about quality, and also high intensity.
“I think [Barcelona] are in top form. It’s great that we are midway the season, we have objectives and we will do everything possible to win titles.”