‘The chosen one’… Spain NT coach full of praise for Barcelona gem


MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 26: Luis de la Fuente, Head Coach of Spain, looks on prior to the friendly match between Spain and Brazil at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 26, 2024 in Madrid, Spain.
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While there are still two games to play, the 2023-24 season is going to end for FC Barcelona without any piece of silverware being added to the Catalan club’s cabinet.

However, some of the Barcelona players still have the chance of lifting a trophy in the coming months, as there are two big international events scheduled for this summer, the UEFA EURO 2024 and the Copa America, and the Catalan club will be represented by its several players who have been called up for their respective teams in the two continents.

The team with the heaviest representation of Barcelona players in its squad will once again be Spain, as Lamine Yamal and Pedri are almost sure to be called up for the upcoming event, while Pau Cubarsi, Ferran Torres, Iñigo Martínez and Fermin Lopez can also be named in the squad.

The Spanish national team coach, Luis de la Fuente, appeared in an extensive interview with La Vanguardia where he talked about the upcoming UEFA EURO 2024. As Mundo Deportivo has reported, the Spanish coach was full of praise for the 16-year-old Barcelona winger Lamine Yamal:

“There are special footballers like him who at 16 have something different, and you know they are ready for things that others aren’t until they are 23 or 24 years old. If he ends up playing in the Euro, it will be because he is ready and because he has that special talent of the chosen one.”

However, the trainer also understood that the youngster will face some difficult moments down the road, and he should be handled with care by everyone who is in charge of him:

“He will need support because he will go through difficult moments, as those who now praise him will be the first to criticize him, and we professionals know he will have ups and downs; he is in the process of development.”

“We must be prudent, proceed with caution, but at the same time be demanding because there are not many with that potential. We must demand according to his level of maturity.”

Lamine Yamal has already proven himself with his performances for Barcelona and Spain this season. He was not shy even while facing some of the biggest clubs in Europe with his club, and hopefully, he will also put on a show in the upcoming international event, and further cement himself as a differential player despite being only 16 years of age.

Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari has been covering Spanish football as a writer for Barca News Network for the last one and a half year and as an amateur football fanatic for more than 10 years. He mainly covers on and off-field happenings taking place at Barcelona including transfer news, administrative changes, match reports, and any other eventful news coming out of the club.

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