Sergiño Dest spoke in the post-match press conference following Barcelona’s 1-3 loss over Real Madrid in La Liga matchday 7.
Dest became the first American player to ever participate in El Clásico, in which he put a good performance despite his team’s loss.
“Playing my first Clásico was great, but unfortunately we lost. Madrid managed to convert their chances, we didn’t. We have to improve. Both teams had opportunities.”, the 19-year-old said.
Dest was asked about the penalty on Sergio Ramos, and explained that he only dedicates himself to the match:
“I don’t know if it was a penalty or not. I just have to focus on the game.”, he said.
Ronald Koeman did not manage to win any of his last 3 games in La Liga. Especially after his Clásico loss, fans already started to criticize the Dutch manager, particularly for being late with substitutions.
Apart from Dest, 17-year-old Pedri also made his El Clásico debut.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.