Barça hero Luuk de Jong: When the team needs me, I am here

Barça hero Luuk de Jong: When the team needs me, I am here

The striker scored the winner against Levante on Sunday

Luuk de Jong spoke to Barça TV after scoring the late winner in Barcelona's 3-2 win at Levante on Sunday. The striker was happy with the win and to have scored the decisive goal. Without complaining, without asking for anything or making any noise, the Dutch international has played an extraordinary role for Xavi's side. "When the team needs me, I am here," he said.

De Jong came on in Valencia in the 84th minute, just after Melero had made it 2-2 from the penalty spot. He took eight minutes to make his mark, scoring with a fine header from Jordi Alba's cross.

"Scoring goals is amazing, but doing it at the death to win a game, which I've done a few times, is always special. They're not normal feelings," he said. "I am happy for the team. When they need me, I am here. I have to wait for my opportunities."

He added: "The team knows what they have to do when I enter the pitch. Whenever they can, get the ball in the area and generate danger. I had Covid, but I didn't have symptoms. I felt that I could keep on playing, but I couldn't."

Barça have now won seven in a row in the league.

"We have a lot of confidence. We haven't played well, but we've won. And that helps a team grow. We have to do better though because this wasn't our level. We can be proud of the team."

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