The Frenchman talks about his first few months as a Barça player in an interview for UEFA, and remains cautious before the Champions League return against Roma
Ousmane Dembélé remained cautious when asked by UEFA about the Champions League quarter-final tie against Roma, even though Barça won 4-1 in the first leg. The Blaugrana No.11 noted that "Roma are a good team and the tie is not finished." Tuesday will be the first time that the Frenchman will have the opportunity to play at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, and he said that; "I really want to play in Rome, it's a legendary stadium in Italy and it's always nice to play in stadiums like that.”
For Dembélé, it would be very special to proclaim himself European champion, but he assured: "The Champions League won’t be easy as there are very good teams left, but the quarterfinals and the semifinals will be decisive and we will do everything possible to win the title.”
First months at Barça
The youngster talked about his signing, and said: "Everyone would’ve wanted to be in my position, no player would say no to Barcelona because they are the best team in the world." Dembélé explained that, despite his youth, he has never felt the pressure of playing for the Club either: "I haven’t found it difficult, I concentrate on playing football and I don’ feel any pressure.”
He praised his teammates, especially Lionel Messi, and revealed that he had the Argentinian’s poster on the wall during his childhood. "It’s great to play with Messi, and for me it is a pleasure to be able to share a dressing room with the type of players who have won everything."
Dembélé also praised the coach Ernesto Valverde: "He is a calm coach, he likes to talk with the players, give them advice, help them, he is very good at doing his job," he said.