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.
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.