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De Jong confident Sevilla can beat Barcelona

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Sevilla is preparing to face Barcelona at the Camp Nou, as the club’s newcomer, De Jong, is full of confidence in his team.

After a solid start to the season, Sevilla will play at the Camp Nou, looking to leapfrog Barcelona in the league table.

However, the task won’t be easy with Barca thriving on their own pitch.

Sevilla’s summer striker signing, Luuk de Jong, talked to Goal, where he expressed his ambitions to win against the Catalans:

“It’s been a long time without a win at Camp Nou but I think it’s always possible in football.

“We have to be prepared as a team and be focused and ready for everything that will come.

“If we have confidence and play well I think we can beat a lot of teams – even Barcelona.”

De Jong has the experience of playing at the Camp Nou. Playing for PSV in the Champions League last season, De Jong even scored in a 2-1 defeat to Blaugrana.

This time, he’s coming prepared, saying:

“Barcelona is always a great game to play and it’s always tough.

I played at Camp Nou last season in the Champions League and we played a really good game, but they have so much individual quality to win games and they’re always dangerous.”

“We have to be fully prepared for this game, stay focused and play with confidence and personality.

“It’s always impressive to play at Camp Nou and other big stadiums like that but it doesn’t matter where we play, we always have to be ready. As a young kid, though, playing at places like Camp Nou is one of the reasons you start playing football.”

It’s safe to say that De Jong is looking forward to another trip to Camp Nou. However, his form isn’t the best, as he still hasn’t scored for Sevilla.

When asked about this, De Jong confidently replied:

“Of course I want to score as soon as possible for Sevilla.

“But last year with PSV we won the first 13 games and I didn’t score in the first four games, so… I think everybody knows my qualities and what I do for the team, my work and my playing as a target man.

“At this point I haven’t had luck with the final ball but it will come. I’ll start scoring goals and getting assists – it’s just more motivation to work harder in every game.

“I’ve never put a number on the amount of goals I want to score in a season, I just want to be as important as possible for the team with my goals and assists.

“I work hard in every game to press the opponent, win back balls and help the team dominate. Hopefully I can stay fit all season and be a key player.”

It will be interesting to see if Sevilla can challenge Barcelona with De Jong leading the charge.