The Dutch midfielder returns to Paris with the illusion of experiencing a miracle like the one in 2017. Laporta asked them to go out to compete to improve Barça’s image after 1-4 in the first leg.
“The main objective in Paris? The classification”. Question and resounding answer from Frenkie de Jong, indifferent to the game starting at 1-4. A result and a situation that should not lower the sporting spirit one iota in any discipline, especially in football. “We are going there to compete and we will see how it goes,” said the midfielder.
De Jong has been at Barça for a year and a half and has experienced almost all the extreme situations that can be experienced in a club, such as meeting three coaches (Valverde, Setién and Koeman) and two presidents : Bartomeu, the one who signed him, and Laporta, newly elected on Sunday, and who on Monday attended the sports city of Sant Joan Despí.
“We are happy that now there is a president at Barça, it is important for the club,” he said. “He wished us the best of luck and asked us to go out and compete,” revealed De Jong. The image of Barça was very battered after perpetrating a terrible game, admitted the young Dutch player, the Barça footballer with the most minutes played this season.
Between the optimism instilled by Laporta and that obtained by the players with the latest results, De Jong does not lose his smile. “You always have to believe,” he said, thinking about the comeback against Sevilla in the Cup and being able to participate in a feat like the one carried out by Barça four years ago .
“We are getting good results this year, we are better,” he valued, not forgetting that the 1-4 signed with three goals from Mbappé happened only three weeks ago. Neymar’s absence this Wednesday will not have a decisive influence. Nor was it in the first leg.