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Barcelona interim coach Sergi Barjuan believes that the team can only bounce back by grabbing morale-boosting victories after their slow start to the season.

The Blaugrana have not registered a single win in their last three LaLiga Santander games ahead of a crucial duel against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“Barcelona have the obligation to always win,” Barjuan said during the press conference prior the match.

“There are weak moments like now. But we have to keep winning. The only way to earn respect is by winning. We have to make a statement.

“A victory would bring joy and transform the attitude of the players into positivism.

“I am proud to be here. We have to be strong. I really believe that this squad is capable of reversing this moment, despite the absences.”

After losing their first two Champions League duels against Bayern Munich and Benfica, Barcelona won their previous match with Dynamo Kiev at the Camp Nou. In his European debut, Barjuan wants to see the Blaugrana play possession-based football.

“It is an honour to be a Barcelona coach for a Champions League game after being a player [of the team],” added Barjuan.

“The players are used to pressure. It is a special game. It is in our hands.

“We have to play our style [of football]. Playing together as a team, having possession, talking, finding spaces. This is what brings us joy.

“I don’t have much time, but I have to make the most of it.”

Ousmane Dembele has yet to feature this season due to a long-term injury, but he is fully fit again and will be in the squad to face the Ukrainian side. However, Barjuan is not ready to force the Frenchman’s comeback to avoid risking an injury setback.

“The fact that we are recovering players is important for the competition,” noted Barjuan.

“Recovering players is good for the group and we have to take advantage of it.

“[Dembele] has been sidelined for many months and we have to be careful. But he wants to help.”

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