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Barcelona starlet reacts after 2-2 draw vs Mallorca: “Happy for my first goal, but we have to improve”



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As Barcelona found themselves in a difficult moment in the game against RCD Mallorca with the game at 2-1 and not much time left on the clock, it was a talent from La Masia that came to their rescue, with Fermin Lopez scoring a fine goal to equalise.

The 20-year-old has waited for his chance patiently this season and the injuries to Pedri and Frenkie de Jong led to him getting minutes at Estadi de Son Moix.

And Lopez made sure that he capitalised on his opportunity, as he scored his first official senior goal for Barcelona, helping them salvage a point against Mallorca.

Lopez spoke to the press after the game and was visibly happy after having netted for the first time for Barça, but at the same time, he called for improvement from the team.

“I’m happy to have scored my first goal with this shirt, with the club I dreamed of as a kid, but it’s the least important thing. We’re going home hurt by the result, but now we have to improve on our mistakes and go on to beat Sevilla”, Fermin Lopez said.

Describing the move that led to his goal in the second period, he said: “Rafa set it up and Lewandowski let it go through.”

The youngster then expressed his gratitude towards manager Xavi Hernandez for having faith in him, as he stated:

“I try to do what the coach asks me to do and help the team as much as possible. I’m very grateful to Xavi for the confidence and the opportunities”.

“It’s hard to imagine a year ago that I’d be where I am now. It was a year of learning and it has helped me to fulfil my dream. Now my goal is to continue helping the team”.

Along with Fermin, fellow La Masia prodigy Lamine Yamal also had some nice moments after coming onto the pitch against Mallorca in the second half.

When asked what was the message given to them by Xavi, Lopez said: “Xavi asked Lamine Yamal and me to play our hearts out, to have personality.”

The 20-year-old stressed that the team must look at the result and try and improve themselves, as he said: “The team tried until the end. We leave with that, but we have to be self-critical.”

Source: SPORT

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