09/18/2021 at 1:15 PM CEST
The FC Barcelona winger, Yusuf Demir, made his Champions League debut against Bayern at the Camp Nou and is the second youngest foreigner to do so with the Barça team after Leo Messi, who did it in 2004 with 17 years and 166 days. The attacker did it in the victory of the Bavarian team (0-3) with only 18 years and 104 days.
The Austrian, who has arrived this same summer from Rapid Vienna on loan, also had their first minutes in the maximum continental competition as Gavi (17) and Alejandro Balde (17), which have become the great hope of the club within the serious economic and sports situation that the club is going through.
18 – At the age of 18 years and 104 days, Yusuf Demir becomes the second-youngest non-Spanish player to appear in a #UCL match for Barcelona. Only Lionel Messi was younger when he debuted in 2004 (17y 166d). Change. #FCBFCB pic.twitter.com/aqyckIpxMX
– OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 14, 2021
The attacker has participated in two meetings with the first team at the start of the season: he made his debut against Athletic Club and played his first minutes in the Champions League against Bayern. During the national team break, he defended the Austrian under-21 team against Estonia and scored and assisted in both goals of the clash.
With prominence after a great preseason
Demir has earned a place in Ronald Koeman’s plans at the start of the season after completing a great preseason with the first team. Despite the fact that he was signed to strengthen the subsidiary, his great version has served him to become a solid resource in the face of multiple absences in attack, where Ansu Fati, Dembélé, Kun Agüero and Marin Braithwaite are in the infirmary.
The extreme is a profile that the squad does not have before the exits of Leo Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Francisco Trincao in this same summer market. His speed, imbalance and electricity are aspects welcomed by Ronald Koeman, questioned for his mismanagement of the game against Bayern and the main point of the bad attitude of the team.