After Gerard Piqué’s horrible injury against Atlético on Saturday, many Culés wondered who could fill in for their tall centre-back. Oscar Mingueza, a youngster, had a perfect game against Dynamo Kyiv and recorded an assist and a clean sheet.
“I’m ecstatic. After all I’ve done and all I’ve gone through, making my Champions League debut with the best team in the world is a dream come true.”Oscar Mingueza | Post-match press conference
The defender is one of the many La Masia graduates to have waited a long time for his debut with the team. His teammates Carles Aleña and Riqui Puig have waited for their chance with the Catalans for as long as Mingueza. At last, the three graduates had three impressive displays and might trouble the hierarchy at Camp Nou.
“When I saw my name in the starting eleven, I was very happy although I was nervous. I told my girlfriend and my family. It was very special.Oscar Mingueza | Post-Match press conference
Starting for Barça must be a superb feeling for any Culé. Oscar Mingueza’s sister, Ariadna, also commented on the situation. She is a midfielder for the Barça Femeni B.
QUÉ ORGULLO🤤😍 https://t.co/bIW4Y7AmWZ— Ariadna Mingueza García (@AriadnaMingueza) November 24, 2020
“We had a good game. We allowed very little. They were tired in the second half, and it was obvious that we played good football with the ball and without the ball. Everyone congratulated me.”Oscar Mingueza | Post-match press conference
Mingueza’s assessment of the game goes hand-in-hand with Ronald Koeman’s. The Catalans had a slow first half but then upped the tempo. They thrashed Dynamo Kyiv and went through to the round of 16. The goals now is to win against Osasuna this weekend.
Gerard Pique appoints Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra
In an interesting turn of events, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. Sarabia served as Quique Setien’s assistant during the Spaniard’s six-month tenure at Barcelona ranging from January to August before the coaching staff was sacked for a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Pique’s Kosmos Holding Group bought Andorra, who operated in the Tercera Division – the Spain’s fourth tier, in December 2018. After raising enough funds, and going on a 22 match unbeaten run, Andorra replaced CF Reus in the Segunda Division B.
After the dismissal of Gabri Garcia following a poor run of form, Nacho Castro was appointed as the head coach. After nearly a year in-charge, on January 18, Andorra announced through a press release that Castro would not be continuing at the club. Three hours later, Eder Sarabia was appointed.
This appointment has come as a surprise to Barcelona fans considering Sarabia’s controversial tenure with the club. The Spaniard had been on the end of several heated discussion with club captain Lionel Messi, with videos releasing of the assistant shouting and cursing at the players during a game against Celta Vigo last season.
Gerard Piqué appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. https://t.co/atKA5Lv6lb— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 18, 2021
Andorra currently sit second in Group III-A of the Segunda Division B, three points clear of Barcelona B. The two are set to meet on 7th February in Round 15 of the third division. The Encamp outfit won the last meeting, held in November 2020, between the two with a goal from Carlos Martinez Rodriguez enough to scrape a 1-0 win through.