Under-fire Dortmund coach Favre warned results must improve


"We come from winning a match in which we have suffered. We have an wonderful team, most of the best players in the world, but we know we can perform way better, even if things aren't as bad as people are thinking".

"The good thing about football is that when you talk a lot and there is a lot of football, there is always a game after which you can win, play well and make people happy".

"This is a great opportunity for us to qualify and any of the other teams in the group would like to be in our position", Valverde said in his pre-game press conference late on Tuesday. Of course we can play better.

"Dear Lucien, you still have our trust, but in the end football is always defined by results", he said.

Barca went into the break looking good for qualification from Group F, knowing a win would seal a spot in the last 16 with a game to spare.

They sit a point ahead of the Germans in Group C and can't afford another lacklustre showing like the 0-0 draw at home to Slavia Prague last time out. But we are going to the match in Barcelona with Lucien Favre and we expect to see a significant increase in performance there.

"We are working really hard to improve our game".

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There was more bad news, too, for Barcelona with the familiar sight of Ousmane Dembele sitting on the turf with an injury, requiring an early substitution of the former Dortmund man, who was replaced by Griezmann.

Gerard Pique is suspended for Dortmund's visit, while full-backs Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba are both injured.

Samuel Umtiti, himself returning from a serious knee injury, can provide some cover at the back, and midfielder Ivan Rakitic is fit from an Achilles problem, having came on as a second-half substitute at Leganes.

Borussia Dortmund's coach Lucien Favre reacts during the Bundesliga match with SC Paderborn in Dortmund November 22, 2019.

On Friday, Dortmund were 3-0 down at half-time at home to the Bundesliga's bottom club and whistled off the pitch by their own fans after the first 45 minutes.

"We have a great team and there's more competition than in past seasons".