Deulofeu hoping to take Barcelona chanceOctober 31, 2017
Gerard Deulofeu is oping he can gain more playing time at Barcelona after re-joining the club this summer.
The 23-year-old arrived back the Camp Nou after spells with Everton and AC Milan and he has since made right starts, scoring two goals.
“For me this is only the beginning,” Deulofeu told a news conference prior to the Champions League game with Olympiacos.
“I believe I am in good form and now I’m feeling more comfortable and settled in again in the last few matches I’ve played.
“It’s an important time for me as my dream is to be a success at this club and to be playing here for many years.
“I’m hopeful of playing more first-team football and showing to the fans what I can do.
“Saturday was a fantastic result and it puts us in a good early position, but is only early. The important thing is we are high on confidence while our rivals are dropping points.”
Ernesto Valverde’s side have won all of their games in the Champions League so far and could qualify with two games spare.
Barca and Olympiacos met two weeks previous in a game which ended 3-1 to the Catalan side but saw their defensive resolve beaten for the first time in the competition.
Gerard Pique, who was dismissed in that game will not travel to Athens and is likely to be replaced by Javier Mascherano, although talk of a start for Thomas Vermaelen has surfaced.
Andres Iniesta is also a doubt after missing the weekend win over Athletic Club with a knock, and Deulofeu will be hoping to return to the starting eleven.
Lionel Messi will lead the line for the visitors, alongside Luis Suarez and one other – likely to be Deulofeu or Paco Alcacer, who scored in the Copa del Rey last week.
The hosts, meanwhile, will be without Seba and El Fardou Ben Nabouhane, but Emmanuel Emenike and former Barca man Botia are available.
Olympiacos possible starting lineup:
Proto; Elabdellaoui, Engels, Botia, Koutris; Romao, Odjidja-Ofoe, Pardo, Fortounis, Androutsos; Emenike
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Umtiti, Digne; Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Suarez, Messi