No return to Barcelona for ill Dortmund striker Alcacer

No return to Barcelona for ill Dortmund striker Alcacer

No return to Barcelona for ill Dortmund striker Alcacer

Valverde brought on Arturo Vidal for Rakitic to have a bit more muscle in midfield, but Dortmund stayed on the front foot and they almost had a second when a Sancho striked looked goal-bound, but Ter Stegen's hand and the crossbar kept it a two-goal lead for the Catalan, which held until the final whistle. "Our aim is always to attack", the coach added.

"We come from winning a match in which we have suffered. We will see", said Valverde at a press conference on Monday. Of course we can play a bit better.

"It is always hard to come here, and we always struggled here with 'Gladbach, but we will try to win and get a good start to the competition".

Borussia Dortmund, Group stage, Group F, 5th matchday at Camp Nou stadium.

"It'll be a very special match for me", he said. But we are going to the match in Barcelona with Lucien Favre and we expect to see a significant increase in performance there.

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

Under-fire Dortmund boss Lucien Favre sent on Sancho at the break and Messi was then booked for diving by referee Clement Turpin after going down easily in the box.

"Any of the other three sides in the group would swap positions with us right now, but we are not underestimating Dortmund".

Gerard Pique is suspended for Dortmund's visit, while full-backs Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba are both injured. In their place came in Sergi Roberto, Junior Firpo and Samuel Umtiti respectively, while in midfield Ivan Rakitic got the nod.

Yet Marc Ter Stegen, Barcelona's German keeper, who played under current Dortmund coach Lucien Favre at Borussia Moenchengladbach earlier in his career, warned that Dortmund would provide a tough first test.

When Borussia Dortmund were 2-0 down at home against Inter in the last round of matches three weeks ago they must have thought their gans had been cooked. but then they rallied spectacularly. "We all hope you and the team are able to turn this around".

"We had a number of great chances (against them) at home and pressed and defended well".

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