Sport Fati thrills Koeman but Barca boss tempers excitement: 'He lacks a bit of concentration'

02:00  28 september  2020
02:00  28 september  2020 Source:   goal.com

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" He provided me absolutely nothing. I wasn't happy, I asked to leave and I went to Milan. Barca presidential candidate Victor Font has already said that if he wins next year's election, Koeman Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig are among the academy products to have broken into the first team in recent

" Fati may have a big season ahead of him ." Just as the plaudits were raining in for Fati 's scintillating strike, he That made him Spain's youngest ever scorer, and he looked set to be part of an even more emphatic win in Barca 's first game under new coach Ronald Koeman thanks to a piece of brilliance

Ansu Fati after scoring against Villarreal © Getty Images Ansu Fati after scoring against Villarreal

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman was impressed by Ansu Fati's impact in Sunday's season-opening 4-0 win over Villarreal but he tempered excitement around the teenager as he revealed pre-season concerns.

Fati, 17, was in devastating form for Barca at Camp Nou as Villarreal were swept aside, scoring two fine first-half goals in a five-minute period, before then winning a penalty that was converted by Lionel Messi.

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With Messi's future seemingly unclear, Fati had been billed as the poster boy of a new era at Barca – fittingly it was the Spain international who got the ball rolling in style.

And while Koeman was impressed – the Dutchman had been shown beaming as he embraced Fati after his 70th-minute withdrawal – he was keen to remind both the player and fans that the youngster still has much to learn.

"We must highlight the game and performance of Ansu Fati," Koeman told reporters. "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 hit a similar note, stressing the need for patience with Fati.

"We have to be calm with him, we know the potential he has," he told Movistar. "He is tremendous for his age, but we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves.

"He has many team-mates from whom he can continue to learn so that his ceiling is as high as possible.

"You have to let him play his football and take advantage of the fact that he is at a good point."

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