Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has revealed how a match against Chelsea helped him fall in love with his new club over eight years ago.
The French international made the big-money move to the Nou Camp this summer from Borussia Dortmund to replace Neymar – who made the world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain last month.
But, Dembele has revealed that he has held a love for the Catalan giants for some time – not just now that he has made a high-profile switch to La Liga.
In fact, the winger has confirmed it was THAT Andres Iniesta match in 2009’s UEFA Champions League semi final that helped him fall in love with Barcelona, along with a famous match against Chelsea’s rivals Arsenal too.
Dembele told Sport: “I remember two games especially. One against Chelsea, when [Andres] Iniesta scored the goal to qualify for the Champions League final. When I see Andres now I remember it. I can’t wait to tell him.
“And the other was a Champions League game against Arsenal. Barcelona had done well in the first leg but in the second leg they produced a brilliant performance, with four goals from [Lionel] Messi.
“That’s when I realised Messi’s not from this world. It was incredible.
“After, I tried to imitate them but it was difficult because they do things that no one does. Messi always plays at a sublime level. He’s the best player in history.”
Andres Iniesta’s last-minute strike in 2009 at Stamford Bridge sent Barcelona through to the Champions League final at the expense of Chelsea, despite the Blues dominating the second leg and feeling aggrieved at a number of refereeing decisions through the course of the match.