Frenkie De Jong, one of Barcelona’s best signings lately, stated that the team lacked “intensity and hard work” against Bayern Munich. The Dutchman added that they must “change many things” after Barça went through the worst defeat in their Champions League history.
“I think that today, it could be seen that we have a lot of problems in the team. We know that we have to make a lot of changes. It’s difficult, we apologize to the fans. I think we have to change a lot of things.”, said the Barça midfielder.
De Jong added that at the beginning of the game, his team was confident about beating Bayern: “We believed we could win the game. In the first 15 or 20 minutes, they scored early, but we leveled and we had two good chances, so we believed in it, of course. You could see that at the beginning.”
“But they were much better than us. I don’t think it has to do with talent, I think it’s the intensity and hard work. We have to change these things. It’s a huge disappointment, not just for me, but for all the club, because this club is accustomed to winning trophies.”, he continued.
The 23-year-old believes that considering that Barça is the biggest club in the world, they should have performed much better.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.