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Yusuf Demir becomes new star of Barcelona

Yusuf Demir becomes new star of Barcelona

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Yusuf Demir becomes new star of Barcelona

The outstanding individual performance of Yusuf Demir in the first half of Barcelona football match against Benfica was an extremely bright spot in an otherwise disappointing evening, giving the 18-year-old a fascinating look at what his future might hold.

Yusuf Demir, already an Austrian senior international, joined Barcelona borrowed from Rapid Vienna over the summer, with the option of making a permanent move for a reported amount of 10 million euros ($11.25 million). The striker has been given little playing time in recent weeks, recording only 34 minutes of football for the first team in September before debuting with Benfica in September.

However, Barca fans are hopeful that Tuesday’s performance could be a sign of things to come, as Xavi begins to make his mark on the team and its style. Demir played on the right against Benfica, hugging the sideline for most of the first half and cutting inside with his favorite left foot.

He tried to lift the ball over Benfica Odysseas Vlachodimos, but overcooked it and hit the bar instead. Demir’s influence waned in the second half, with Xavi replacing the man with Ousmane Dembele after 66 minutes, whose introduction greatly improved Barcelona’s performance.

Despite the disappointing result, Xavi insists he has seen enough to convince him that Barca “can compete with anyone”. “We can go to Munich and win,” he told reporters after the match.

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