Barcelona winger rues Granada draw despite his MVP performance

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 11: Lamine Yamal of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the LaLiga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona and Granada CF at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on February 11, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.
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FC Barcelona were unable to maintain their winning momentum that they had generated with wins over Osasuna and Alaves as they settled for a 3-3 draw against Granada last night.

This draw would feel more like a defeat for the Cules because it was essential to take all three points from this match to somewhat lower the deficit that Xavi’s team has with respect to Girona and Real Madrid in La Liga.

However, everything was not doom and gloom in this match, and one of the more memorable aspects of this game was the performance of Lamine Yamal, who was highly impressive last night. He scored two of the goals for Barcelona and was a constant menace for the Granada defense.

In addition to the attacking responsibility he was given on the pitch, the winger also appeared for an interview after the match, where he talked about the match and his team’s chances in La Liga.

As Mundo Deportivo has reported, the youngster showed his disappointment for not winning the match last night: “We tried until the end. It’s a missed opportunity, but well, we have to keep working.”

Yamal also thanked Xavi Hernandez for having shown his confidence in him, despite his lack of experience and highly young age:

“I’m trying to work with the confidence that the coach is giving me. I’m very grateful to him, but right now, I’m only thinking about the draw and the missed opportunity rather than about myself.”

The youngster also acknowledged the mistakes made by Barcelona, and especially rued the goals that Granada were able to score:

“Yes, we’ve been conceding these early goals throughout La Liga. It’s something we urgently need to improve because, ultimately, it’s what’s costing us points.”

With Barcelona’s point deficit having grown to ten, it is looking extremely unlikely that the Blaugranes would be able to retain their league title this season. However, Yamal was not giving up just yet:

“There are still games left, and the teams above us could stumble. We’ll keep trying to see what opportunities we can seize.”

Lamine won the MVP award for this match, and he thanked the fans for their support, but he was not concerned too much with this consolation prize: “I’m very grateful for the MVP award. It’s something you like, but I’m sad about the defeat.”

With this draw, Barcelona’s season become highly complicated. But Yamal’s emergence will still make this season one of the more memorable ones, especially for the winger himself.

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