BARCELONA – FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen said on Monday his team would not be seeking revenge against Italian side Juventus, but merely trying to get its 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League campaign off to an auspicious start.
Juventus knocked Barça out of last season’s Champions League with a 3-0 victory on aggregate in the quarterfinals.
“What happened last year is in the past. We’re not looking to avenge anything, but only to show what we’re capable of and to win,” Ter Stegen said at a press conference on the eve of the mouthwatering clash.
Ter Stegen said Barça’s three wins in as many matches (without conceding a single goal) at the start of the La Liga season had given the squad confidence prior to Tuesday’s group-stage match at Camp Nou, though adding that he and his teammates were expecting a difficult challenge.
The German international said of the team’s most highly touted newcomer, French striker Ousmane Dembele, that he needed more time to adapt but was gaining confidence after assisting on a goal in his debut with Barcelona against cross-town rival Espanyol on Saturday.
He said Barça’s other new signing, Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo, gave the team needed speed down the side of the field and that the club wanted to make the most of his abilities.