Barcelona B coach Victor Valdes revealed that he had to buy new boots for youngster Anssumane Fati before the Real Betis game.
The 16-year-old made his Barcelona debut against Real Betis in the 5-2 win and became the youngest debutant for the club since 1941. Fati was included in the squad following injuries to Messi and Suarez.
“I told him to bring me his boots and they were a complete disaster, they were causing him pain,” Valdes said.
Speaking about his performance, Ernesto Valverde said,
“He’s strong, quick and self-confident.”
“You have to give this kind of talent freedom so that he flows. I’m so happy for him, he called me this morning and it made me very excited.
“I’m thankful to Valverde for giving him some minutes. His performance didn’t surprise me.”
“He represents hard work. He has the soul of an elite player and he’s a predator in the box.”
“He has a lot of self-confidence, goes to space, faces one on one,” Valverde said.
“He is the youngest player I’ve ever made debut, but as with veterans, we look at performance, he can give us good performance and that’s why I gave him a debut.
“Ansu has surprised us because of his qualities, we will see what happens in the future.”