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Raul: “There’s something different about Ansu Fati”

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Raul Gonzales knows a bit about making history as a young player. He’s the youngest ever to score a Champions League hattrick with 18 years of age.

The club legend was given a role as a coach of Castilla, Real Madrid’s B team.

Raul was asked about Ansu Fati, the emerging Barcelona superstar.

“There are youngsters who appear out of nowhere and have something different about them. You have to be patient, relaxed and enjoy them,” Raul said according to Sport English.

“I believe it’s good for football that young players come through and show that type of quality. What success they’ll have depends on what they do on the pitch as they follow their own path.”

This question was prompted after Ansu was called-up for the Spanish Under-21 team after deciding not to play in the Under-17 World Cup.

Fati could even appear in his first El Clasico! On 26 October, Barcelona will host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

Ousmane Dembele was given a two-match ban against Sevilla, which means that the Frenchman will miss El Clasico.

This opens up space for Ansu Fati to jump in, as he is now Barcelona’s fourth attacking option behind veterans such as Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, and Antoine Griezmann.

Ansu already impressed, both his manager and the fans.

He’s scored and assisted on his debut at Camp Nou in 5-2 win versus Valencia.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 24: Ansu Fati of FC Barcelona conducts the ball during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on September 24, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

The youngster will look to build on that as the opportunities won’t come around often.

Barcelona is building a strong young core with Arthur and De Jong in the middle, but Fati’s emergence may speed up the process of entering the Messi-less era for the Catalans.