So the determinant of Barcelona’s victory, proof of Riqui Puig’s mental maturity

The La Masia product has matured with the first team and wants to continue playing regularly.

Riqui Puig proved his mental maturity for Barcelona after becoming a winner in a penalty shootout duel against Real society di semi-final Spanish Super Cup.

Puig helped his team qualify for the final after the match was marked by a 1-1 score for 120 minutes. The 21-year-old midfielder scored the decisive penalty to present a 3-2 win in the shootout.

When many fans asked that the La Masia dropout talent be played more often throughout the 2020/21 season, coach Ronald Koeman rarely gave him confidence.

However, after appearing as a substitute against Sociedad on Thursday (14/1) WIB, which was his seventh appearance this season as a substitute, Puig will continue to pursue consistency in playing as a regular.

“I’m very happy to have scored from the last penalty,” said Puig. “I volunteered to be the executor. I kicked with great confidence – you have to believe in yourself. I have never lost my desire to be in the first team and I will continue to fight for it.”

“Ronald appointed four players to shoot penalties. I asked to be fifth. I am a very happy player, I never lose my smile. I am lucky, I will never give up.”

Koeman himself confirmed that it was Puig who asked to carry out his duties as the final executor.

He said: “Last penalty? I have four names written and I am asking who wants to be the last kicker to ensure victory. Riqui wants it, with full confidence.”


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