Paco Alcácer: "I was treated very badly by some people at Barcelona"
Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcácer believes he was not shown sufficient trust during his two lean seasons at Barcelona.
Paco Alcácer accused "many people" of treating him badly at Barcelona ahead of a Champions League reunion with his former club. The Spain international left Barça for Borussia Dortmund on loan at the start of last season and made the move permanent in February.
Alcácer and Barcelona to meet again
Alcácer quickly proved a hit in Germany, scoring 18 goals in his first Bundesliga campaign, and already boasts seven in all competitions this term. That form gives the striker the chance to prove a point to those who doubted him when Barça visit Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday.
"I'll decide in the moment," Alcácer told SER Catalunya when questioned on whether he would celebrate scoring. "I have respect for many people there. Many peopled 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."
Alcácer made 37 LaLiga appearances in his two seasons with Barcelona, 23 of them from the bench. The former Valencia forward generally served as Luis Suárez's understudy in an attack containing Lionel Messi, who has yet to feature this season due to injury.
Messi doubtful for Dortmund trip
Alcácer was asked about Messi's influence at Camp Nou and said: "It's clear that a player of that level is important for the team and for the club. You will always ask for his opinion and listen to him. Hopefully he will play next weekend, against Granada, and not against us!"