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Cubarsí Shines in Champions League Debut & Napoli Win

Pau Cubarsi / Getty Images
Pau Cubarsi / Getty Images

Pau Cubarsi speaks to the media following Barcelona’s victory over Napoli.

Barça experienced that great European night that the Blaugrana had been missing so much. Xavi opted for Cubarsí’s youth from the start and didn’t fail; the Estanyol native was crowned the MVP of the match in his Champions League debut, shutting down world-class forward Osimhen.

Amidst all this, he radiated happiness in the press zone: “Honestly, it has been one of the best days of my life. We’ve made it to the quarterfinals after tough years at the club, happy to win the trophy, but this trophy belongs to the whole team because we went out to win from the start and it showed.” The defender, with his characteristic calmness, acknowledged that they managed to turn the tables and overcome all the pressure surrounding the team before the match: “We went from pressure to ambition to win the game. We gave it our all.” With a maturity beyond his years (17 years, 1 month, and 21 days, the youngest defender to debut in the Champions League as a Blaugrana), the defender recognized that his style of play is the result of years of learning at La Masia: “This is my game, I like to play out from the back, as it has always been done at Can Barça. It’s what I know, and if I can help the team like this, then I’m very happy.”

Finally, with De la Fuente’s list just around the corner, the academy graduate acknowledged that he will be attentive to La Roja’s ‘call,’ but will prioritize the Champions League draw: “I’ll be keeping an eye on both, because both are important, but I’ll be more focused on the Champions League draw. I might make it, I don’t know, we’ll see when the list comes out. If I do, I’ll be very happy, and if not, there will be more opportunities.”