Ansu Fati has spoken in the post-match interview after Barcelona’s 5-1 victory over Ferencvaros. The 17-year-old continues to break records, now becoming the only under-18 player in history to score 2 goals in a Champions League game.
“It was a great score. We must continue working. We want to win everything. The sky is the limit for us.
Despite his brilliant display, Fati stayed humble, and praised his team-mates:
“De Jong did everything in my goal; I just had to tap the ball in. My teammates make it easier for me to score.
“Messi is Messi, he can pass you the ball at any moment, we are very happy to be with him we should always learn from the best.”
Even though it’s never right to compare any player to Leo, especially in his early days, stats that show up are bringing excitement to Culés, as the 17-year-old now has 1 more goal (12) than Messi (11) at 19 years old.
Barcelona will play Real Madrid in 5 days, and the 17-year-old seems more than ready to feature in his first Clasico:
“I have always dreamt of playing the Clásico, and I hope I play it. We are all excited to play against Madrid.”
We will have to wait and see whether Koeman will use Ansu in his line-up against Real Madrid, but one thing is obvious: his display against Ferencvaros is screaming for a call.
Barcelona call up midfielder Matheus Fernandes for the first time
Barcelona confirmed the signing of Matheus Fernandes from Palmeiras for a fee of €7 million + €3 million in variables on the last day of the January transfer window on a four-year contract, with the release clause set at €300 million. The midfielder would join the Barcelona camp after the end of the 2019/20 season.
This transfer was regarded as a sketchy transfer as he was not touted as good enough for a club of the stature of Barcelona. In fact, the Brazilian was barely able to make it off the bench for Real Valladolid during his time with the club on six-month loan stretching from January to July this year.
During those six month, Matheus made only three appearances, registering a total of 166 minutes with starts against Atletico Madrid and Eibar, and a one-minute cameo against Real Betis. He also suffered a hamstring injury during this tenure, ruling him out for four games.
After his arrival to the Catalan capital, Matheus was not even presented as a Barcelona player unlike the signings of Pedri, Fransisco Trincão, Miralem Pjanic, and Sergino Dest. In fact, Matheus did not even participate in the pre-season friendlies as he was ruled out from a hamstring injury.
News surrounded his departure as early as January, without him even getting a chance to play for the club. However, against all odds, Matheus has been included in the squad that will take on Dynamo Kyiv in gameweek four of the UEFA Champions League. This, in all probability, stems from the exclusion of Sergio Busquets – who is injured, and Frenkie de Jong – who has been rested.
Ronald Koeman has named just four central midfielders for the trip to Ukraine, with Miralem Pjanic guaranteed a spot. However, with the lack of any natural defensive midfielders, Koeman might have to readjust his tactics, and field one of Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña in the centre of the pitch as part of the midfield.