Barcelona finally got some much needed respite with a 4-0 win over Dynamo Kiev last night.
Head coach Ronald Koeman was a happy man and praised his young team minus Messi, who was absent.
Speaking after the game with Movistar+, Koeman was content with their performance. “We achieved our goal, which was to get a good result and qualify for the round of 16,” he said. “The team has shown energy. We lacked effectiveness in the first half but we had it in the second half. We can be very happy.
“Tactically, we were better than in the first game against them, especially in midfield. We had intensity and concentration. In the first game we lacked that.
“[Mingueza] has shown that we can count on him. He has been training with us for five to six weeks. He has given us a good impression and today he has fulfilled, like many others.
“I liked the collective image we showed today. That’s what we want. Today we have seen a very hungry team. We scored four goals, important players were able to rest, and the youngsters have deserved these minutes. They have delivered.”
His young American duo Sergino Dest and Konrad de la Faunte were also delighted.
Konrad later said, “I am very happy for everything that I am experiencing. Everyone has helped me a lot and we are going to continue working to improve. I am very happy and will remember it for a long time.
“It is an amazing time for me and my family. We have worked hard to get here.”
Dest also stated: “We played very well and it is a dream to achieve my first goal. I tried to hold the position well. I am happy and I want to continue playing for this team. I needed to score, it was 0-1, and I’m very happy.”