Frenkie de Jong said he delivered his best performance so far against Valencia on Saturday on behalf of FC Barcelona. The 21-year-old midfielder contributed with an assist and a goal to the 5-2 victory of the Catalans.
In the second minute, De Jong enabled his 16-year-old teammate Ansu Fati to open the score. Five minutes later, the roles were reversed and Dutch midfielder Jasper Cillessen had no chance in Valencia's goal.
In addition to his high return, De Jong also stood out by not losing ball once. All 54 passes that the midfielder sent, in the 68 minutes that he participated, reached a teammate.
"This is certainly the best match I have played for FC Barcelona since I have been here," De Jong beamed afterwards to Spanish media, including AS .
"I had to adapt to the new situation and the team, but my teammates have helped me a lot since I arrived. That has enabled me to show my best game so far tonight."
Due to the goal-oriented victory over Valencia, Barcelona rose to fourth place in the ranking. The reigning champion has two points behind the leader Atlético Madrid.
Frenkie de Jong makes his first goal for Barcelona. Valencia goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has no chance. (Photo: Pro Shots)
De Jong praises 16-year-old super talent Ansu Fati
Frenkie de Jong was not the only eye-catcher at Barcelona in the gala performance against Valencia. Luis Suárez, for example, livened up his return with two goals, but most of the attention went to Ansu Fati afterwards.
The 16-year-old super talent debuted in the base due to the injury of star player Lionel Messi and paid back the confidence of coach Ernesto Valverde with a goal and an assist. Playing well with the teenager pleased De Jong very well.
"A player with his qualities belongs in Camp Nou, he has shown tonight that he is bursting with confidence," said the former Ajax player about his young teammate. "He (Ansu, ed.) Is a very talented player and also mentally very strong. I think he is heading for a great future."
Ansu broke some records because of his performance. For example, he became the youngest player in the home game on behalf of Barcelona, the youngest scorer in Camp Nou of all time and the youngest player in La Liga ever with a goal and an assist in one match.
Goal scorer Frenkie de Jong and declarer Ansu Fati celebrate the second goal of Barcelona against Valencia. (Photo: Pro Shots)
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