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“Ansu is a special boy”

Memphis congratulates an excited Ansu after his goal.ALBERT GEA / Reuters

At the time of the game, the Camp Nou suddenly came to a boil, just as Riqui Puig jumped onto the pitch to replace Coutinho. And although the youth squad is one of the right eyes of the fans, the ovation seemed too thunderous. So when he turned around, Riqui understood the situation: Ansu Fati was going out to warm up after more than 10 months and four operations on his left knee. Shortly after, however, he showed that he is a chosen one, that his is not normal because he invented a great goal. “I did not imagine this return”, resolved the extreme at the end of the meeting, with a smile from ear to ear; “But I want to thank the doctors and physiotherapists who have been with me in this process. And the fans too. Is incredible”.

Ansu’s entry came a quarter of an hour later, already in the 81st minute of the match. “When he has stepped on the field, the stadium has exploded. A very nice moment. Ansu is very special for everyone ”, conceded Alfred Schreuder, Koeman’s second and first against Levante for the suspension of the Dutchman. It was also a moment of tension and nerves as evidenced by delegate Carles Naval, who tripped when taking the electronic scoreboard to the fourth official to hit the ground. A setback that helped Ansu to loosen up, also to make it clear that he was returning where he left off.

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And it was literal because Fati was injured when he received a penalty against Betis. That entrance cost him and his family many tears and suffering, as a three-month injury turned into an operating theater martyrdom. It is forgotten. This was explained by receiving the first ball and facing the rival, dancing it from the outside to the inside and backwards to end a fall in the area that the referee did not indicate as a penalty. Nor did he care too much, no matter how much he demanded that the referee go to look at him. Turns out, he had another surprise to offer. It was on the second play that he starred.

“I am one more”

Ansu received in the three-quarter zone, danced to his rival and before stepping on the area he stopped to look, also to release a shoe that almost did not burn the goal nets. “The goal was created by him and he did it out of emptiness, out of nothing. Not that he found it. But that’s what special players have ”, said Schreuder. A condition that Ansu still accepts, always modest. “I am one more and I will try to add when the coach gives me the opportunity to play. I will have to earn the minutes and thus I will be able to help the team when I need it ”, he resolved. As he did against Levante. “You dream of the goal. But he didn’t think he could do it. The celebration was not prepared. I had promised it to my father and brother, but by protocol I could not “, explained Fati, who also received the affection of his teammates and especially from Araujo, who asked the fans to raise the decibels to sign communion in the stands and the players.

Ansu, to the surprise of the referee, who saved him the cardboard, did then climb a few steps up the stands to high-five with his nephew, another of the many relatives who accompanied him. Her mother recorded with her mobile and danced while her father’s tears came to his eyes. “My family has been suffering this time. I dedicate it to them and I am very grateful to everyone, to the fans, who have been my great support during these months ”, Ansu slipped, which ended up becoming a selfie before leaving the field, with about 200 spectators behind waiting to congratulate me. Fati is back.

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