Carles Perez and Ansu Fati are a sign of the prodigious talent emerging from Barcelona’s La Masia academy.
Barcelona fielded a side that had no Lionel Messi and no Luis Suarez upfront. Antoine Griezmann’s strike partner was 21-year-old Carles Perez.
Perez is a product of the famed La Masia, Barcelona youth academy.
It was his Champions League debut, and he didn’t disappoint, scoring the opening goal in the 23rd minute.
Perez was not the only La Masia product on show though.
Ernesto Valverde introduced 17-year-old Ansu Fati in the 85th minute.
It was also Fati’s Champions League debut.
It took the youngster less than one minute to become the youngest scorer in Champions League history.
Speaking to Marca after the game Perez was delighted with the result, his performance and the support of his teammates.
“I am so happy to make my Champions League debut, and to play and score here at a legendary ground is a dream.”
“The whole team congratulated for the goal, and for my performance.”
He also had a warning for the rest of the footballing world.
“I believe that we (Fati and I) are an example to the young players at La Masia.”