Barcelona beat Levante 3-0 at Camp Nou on Sunday – their first win since August 28 – as Ansu Fati scored his first goal by donning Lionel Messi’s iconic No.10 shirt.
Ronald Koeman has come under immense pressure and publicly pleaded for the patience of Barca fans last week.
“The club are with me in this period of reconstruction,” Koeman said at a virtual press conference, reading a statement.
“We have to rebuild the team as a group without making big investments and that takes time.
“The young talents that we have can become world stars in a few years. Young players will have opportunities, just like Xavi and [Andrés] Iniesta had in his day, but we ask for patience.
“To finish high in the standings would be a success in itself and in the Champions League we cannot expect miracles. The defeat against Bayern is to be taken in hindsight. The team must be supported, in words and in actions.
And one of the young players he referred to in that statement, Fati, scored the last goal of the La Liga sides game.
After Messi left the club to join PSG this summer, questions have arisen about who would be the one to wear the legendary Argentina No.10 shirt at Barca.
And that responsibility fell on Fati, who seems to be taking matters in his stride, scoring in his first game with the No.10.
Koeman will also be delighted that two of his new signings, Memphis Depay and Luuk De Jong, are on the scoresheet, helping Barca win all three points.
Depay signed a free transfer from Lyon and started filling in the boots left behind by Messi and Antoine Griezmann, scoring three times in six games for the Spanish giants.
As for De Jong, he signed on loan from Sevilla and, after just four league goals last season, his signing has come under close scrutiny by fans at the club.
However, he opened his account for Koeman’s team, and the Dutch boss is hoping that will be the start of their climb in the standings.
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