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Sergi Barjuan talks Dembele, Coutinho and Barca’s UCL clash with Dynamo Kiev

Here’s the latest from the interim coach

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Barcelona interim coach Sergi Barjuan has been talking about the team’s Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old spoke about the return of Barca’s injured players, offered quick updates on Sergio Aguero and Philippe Coutinho and the importance of taking all three points.

Here are the best bits:

Barjuan on the Champions League

This is enormous for me. To be the coach in a Champions League match after being a player. The players are under a lot of pressure, tomorrow is special, depending on them. They have everything in their hands. It’s true that they need to be organized, be the Barcelona that we want and hope for.

The great luck that Barça players have is their talent. They are players who are used to any scenario and any kind of pressure. We will be better if we play without anxiety. We will be better if we are calm with the ball, if we know how to find the spaces. Today in training we insisted on the need to be organized and be ourselves, to play with the essence of Barça that we want. Winning tomorrow would help change the mood.

Barjuan on injured players being back

Some of these players come from a very long injury process and want to help us at a time like this is very important. Everyone who is called up has the chance to play. They all need to be aware that the starting XI need to be at the top of their performance.

Barjuan on if it’s a must-win

At Barca you always have to win. To be at the highest level, to stay there, to keep on winning. They all know what’s on the table. And we need to find a way to achieve this victory and to enjoy it and to bring back some positivity and joy to the fans as well.

Barjuan on the atmosphere

I’ve not had many training sessions. They know, we know, the importance of this match. The importance of the three points. But we don’t want to put pressure on the team. I want the opposite, to dream, to find space, to be the Barca we all want.

Barjuan on the team

I’my very proud to be here and represent the club. The fans have to be strong as ever because in these difficult moments is when we feel it most. I think the team is able to face this moment despite the problems we’ve got. Yesterday I was talking to Kun and he is calm. He is in his room, but calm.

Barjuan on Dembele

Recovering players is important for internal competition. That we are recovering players is good, and what we want is that they all contribute their best football. Dembele has been away for a long time and it is appreciated that he wants to be there to help the team.

Barjuan on Coutinho

I have spoken with everyone and I also spoke with Coutinho. I told him that the Camp Nou had also whistled me. In these difficult moments you have to take it easy and be strong. The only way to make yourself strong is to be yourself.

Barjuan on the dressing room

What I have done has been to try to connect with them. I have not seen any lack of anything. There are experienced players who contribute more than young people, but the relationship between the youngsters and veterans is very good.

Barjuan on his job

You would ask a thousand coaches and they would want to be in my position. As cule I wish the best for the club and I am going to try everything I can to solve this situation.