Barcelona News has been about controversies in the last two months especially after Bayern Munich spanked the Spanish giants 8-2 in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match in August. The loss brought about drastic changes at the club including the sacking of the club’s former coach Quique Setien.
As it stands, FC Barcelona have left all those controversies behind them and they have started their Spanish La Liga journey for the 2020-2021 season like they always want to start every league campaign. They beat Villarreal 4-0 on Sunday to announce their return this season.
Ansu Fati is the new Barcelona News personality
Prior to the commencement of this season, the biggest issue at FC Barcelona has been how to keep Lionel Messi at the club at least for this season. The reason why the club was so determined to keep the 33-year-old Argentina international was that the club believed they are yet to get a suitable replacement for him.
But such a mentality could change as their 17-year-old forward, Ansu Fati is stepping up to make himself the club’s new talisman ahead of Messi’s exit from the club.
On Sunday, the new manager of Barca, Ronald Koeman showed the world that he has a lot of faith in the 17-year-old Spain international by starting him against Villarreal. The youngster didn’t disappoint as he became the star man of the match despite the fact that his idol, Lionel Messi, was on the field with him.
“Playing with Messi is a dream I had since I was a child and now I am living it,” Fati told newsmen after the match.
“He gives me a lot of advice, he helps me a lot on the pitch and in training, but away from it too, and that makes me very happy.
“I want to keep improving every day, to continue to learn from my team-mates because they are the best around and they are trying to help me every day.”
Another Barca News personality, Ronald Koeman reacts to the rise of Ansu Fati
Since Ronald Koeman took over the reign at FC Barcelona, almost every Barca news that talks about him have been somewhat controversial. But after the display of his team against Villarreal on Sunday, the tides have turned positively for him.
But in the midst of his improving managerial profile at Barca and the magnificent display of Ansu Fati on Sunday, the Dutch tactician wants the world to remember that Fati is just a 17-year-old who still has a lot to improve on.
He said: “We must highlight the game and performance of Ansu Fati. I was complaining a little last week about him not having the maximum level of performance in the pre-season.
“He is only 17 years old, he will have a great future, but he must improve things. Sometimes he lacks a bit of concentration.
“One of my criticisms was in the friendly against Elche – he was not good. Today he was. His intensity out wide was immense, he played a great game and we took advantage of his qualities.”
Sergio Busquets urge for calm over Ansu Fati’s constant rise to becoming the main Barcelona news personality
Unlike coach Ronald Koeman that wants more from Fati, the player’s teammate, Sergio Busquets wants the world including the coach to be calmed with the youngster. He urged those following the progress of the youngster not to get carried away by the performance of the Spain international.
“We have to be calm with Ansu Fati, we know how young he is, we know how good he is, we can’t get carried away”, Busquets said.
“He has great team-mates alongside him and he’ll learn a lot from that. The sky’s the limit for him.”
Highlights of FC Barcelona vs Villarreal
Ansu Fati is a product of the Barcelona youth football system. He was introduced to the world last season and played in 33 matches for Barcelona in which he scored 8 goals and provided an assist in all competitions. His performance earned him a call up to Spain national team despite the fact that he was born in Guinea-Bissau to parents from Guinea-Bissau.
Fati was used as a false 9 in Sunday’s game but he is a natural winger who can also play as right-winger and right-midfielder.