Barcelona Youngsters shone as substitutes
Tuesday night wasn’t the first time Barcelona had to rely on their youngsters to secure a result.
Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati both came off the bench to change the game against Athletic Club as the Blaugrana secured all three points to move top of the table.
“Ansu and Riqui coming on gave us dynamism,” Quique Setien said afterwards.
“They allowed us to have longer spells of possession.”
Before the two academy graduates came on at the start of the second half, Setien‘s side were putting in one of their worst performances of recent months.
However, Riqui Puig added some energy to the midfield when he replaced Arthur Melo, while Ansu Fati provided more of an attacking threat than Antoine Griezmann had done.
The 17-year-old perhaps should’ve put the game beyond doubt late on, but he saw his close-range effort come back off the post in stoppage time.
Nevertheless, the forward continued the good form that he’s shown since LaLiga Santander returned.
Ansu Fati has made one start since the break in the season, scoring against Leganes at the Camp Nou.
Riqui Puig, meanwhile, is still waiting for his first start in June, but his display on Tuesday would’ve helped his cause significantly.