Ernesto Valverde was pretty happy with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann’s growing relationship and says the duo will only get better with time. He explained: “They have spent many hours together, they understand each other well, They know where they have to be unmarked and when to pass, they coincide their play and they get it right because they are also very talented.”
Junior Firpo was a happy man after making his Champions League debut against Dortmund. He said after the match: “To see the Camp Nou full and play a great game and qualify was very important for us. Before the game we said it was a really important three points and we had 45 great minutes against a great opponent and for that reason I’m happy and satisfied.”
Barcelona topped their Champions League group with victory over Dortmund on Wednesday. The club have now finished in top spot in qualifying for the 13th season in a row and travel to Inter for their final game as confirmed group winners.
Ousmane Dembele went off with a thigh problem against Dortmund. The Frenchman has now suffered nine different injuries since joining the club from the Bundesliga side in the summer of 2017.
Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre admitted there’s not much you can do when Lionel Messi is in possession of a football. He said: “He played as a false nine. He moves very well between the lines and when he receives the ball, he’s almost unstoppable. You have to foul him because if not, he has incredible acceleration. His final ball is very dangerous.”
Dortmund defender Mats Hummels was also full of praise for Lionel Messi after the Barcelona captain produced another masterclass in the Champions League. Hummels explained: “In top form, Messi is the best footballer I have ever seen – period. We were not good enough to beat Barcelona today. We only created three or four real chances.”
Clement Lenglet had a message for Antoine Griezmann’s critics after the Frenchman scored in Barca’s 3-1 win over Dortmund. After the match he said: “It’s a good moment because the three forwards have scored and Leo made two assists. Now you can’t say anything about Antoine.”