Borussia Dortmund star Paco Alcacer has a point to prove to old club Barcelona after accusing “many people” of treating him badly.
Amid a lack of regular opportunities, Alcacer left Barcelona in 2018 for Dortmund in an initial loan agreement. However, the Spaniard’s impressive start in Germany led BVB to sign him up permanently.
The 26-year-old has since become a real force to be reckoned with in Signal Iduna Park. He has, in fact, scored 26 goals in just 38 appearances for Dortmund with many of those games coming from the bench.
And a fully-fit Alcacer looks set to become an even deadlier threat for Lucien Favre’s side this season. So far, he’s found the back of the net seven times in the club’s opening six games.
Therefore, Dortmund will undoubtedly hope that their star striker can keep up his goalscoring form for the visit of his old side Barcelona on Tuesday.
The European giants will square off in Germany for their Champions League opener in Group F.
When asked, though, if he would celebrate scoring against his former employers, Alcacer told SER Catalunya: “I’ll decide in the moment.
“I have respect for many people there. Many people behaved very well with me but many people behaved very badly. My team-mates and the fans treated me well.
“As in any job, if people trust you, you give your best, and if they don’t trust you, you don’t give it.
“It’s very important for me to see those signs of trust and, in the end, many people did not show it.”
After completing a €30m transfer from Valencia in 2016, Alcacer made just 14 starts in his 37 La Liga outings in a two-year stint at Barcelona.
Generally, he operated as a back-up for star forwards Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. Perhaps, though, the biggest blow came when Barcelona signed Ousmane Dembele when the latter left for Paris Saint-Germain.
It meant that Alcacer was still left with a bench role at Camp Nou, with no possibility of breaking into the line-up.
However, the Spain international still holds great respect towards Messi and hopes he’ll miss the Dortmund game.
“It’s clear that a player of that level is important for the team and for the club,” said Alcacer.
“You will always ask for his opinion and listen to him.
“Hopefully he will play next weekend, against Granada, and not against us!”
Messi, who is sidelined with a calf injury, hasn’t played at all for Barcelona this season.