Ansu Fati protagonizó una actuación brillante ante el Villarreal

From Suarez's brace... to Ansu's Camp Nou double


Lluís Mascaró


Luis Suarez scoring twice and setting up another during 20 minutes on debut for Atletico Madrid is a metaphor for what Barcelona are at the moment: a shipwrecked ocean liner with a president trying to scoop out the water with his hands. 

The institutional, sporting and financial crisis Barça are suffering has provoked, this summer, a series of decisions that are difficult to understand. Among them, gifting Suarez to Diego Simeone's side in exchange for a supposed six million euros in variables. 

I've already written that Suarez's time at Barça had reached the end. A generational change was needed. The problem is how the club's third top goal scorer was gotten rid off -- and the fact there's no replacement signed. 

Every time we see Messi's friend scoring with Atletico, are stomachs will churn. Without even talking about what will happen when Suarez plays against his former teammates. 

Fortunately for Barça, there's a new star called Ansu Fati. The youngster, 17, led Ronald Koeman's team in Sunday's 4-0 win against Villarreal in La Liga. 

The La Masia graduate is a player who can unbalance the opposition and he proved it again here: scoring two goals in four minutes and winning a penalty which Messi scored to make it 3-0 and leave the game sentenced within 35 minutes. 

Three moments of brilliance from Ansu. Koeman believes in him, picking him ahead of Ousmane Dembele, and the kid responded and then some. 

Koeman arrived to break old systems and cliques and, in contrast to Valverde and Setien, is not afraid of taking a chance on youth. Ansu is evidence of that and proof that there's talent in the academy. 

You just have to be brave enough to take advantage of it. And Koeman, so far, seems brave enough. There was no better way to start the season. 


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