Barcelonas Dembele off injured against Borussia Dortmund

Barcelonas Dembele off injured against Borussia Dortmund

For the last week we have been unsure whether he will be able to play, but he has trained two or three times and made a good impression.

Valverde, though, accepts learning to deal with the pressures of leading from the front comes with the territory at the Nou Camp. "Our aim is always to attack", the coach added. "The other day we came from behind and the players displayed a good attitude".

"Here at Barcelona, it is required to win, to make a soccer lesson in every game", boss Ernesto Valverde said.

"The best way to win is to create chances and that your rivals don't create any".

"It doesn't mean we're out if we lose but it puts us in a very hard position". We will try and get the result through the football we play.

Victory has given them a three-point lead in second place over Inter and if they can match their draw with Barcelona at the Westfalenstadion tonight at Camp Nou, it would leave them superbly placed to qualify when they take on Slavia Prague at home on December 10.

"We are analysing things very intensively, but we are going into the game in Barcelona with Lucien Favre and expect to see a clear improvement in performance there".

"We lost ground in the first game against Valencia".

There was more bad news, too, for Barcelona with the familiar sight of Ousmane Dembele sitting on the turf with an injury, requiring an early substitution of the former Dortmund man, who was replaced by Griezmann. Barcelona have quite a few injury concerns in defence, with Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo ruled out, Clement Lenglet a doubt and Gerard Pique suspended.

Borussia Dortmund's coach Lucien Favre reacts during the Bundesliga match with SC Paderborn in Dortmund November 22, 2019.

Dortmund have dropped to sixth in the Bundesliga and have not won in their last two matches, going 4-0 down to Bayern Munich before they came from 3-0 down to draw with Paderborn on Friday.

"We have to do a great job tomorrow, Barcelona is a very strong team", Favre told a press conference.

"We should have signed another central striker", he said.

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