Sergino Dest shows off 'characteristics that Barcelona fullback should have'

It was a big day for Barcelona's two Americans in the UEFA Champions League.

Sergino Dest scored his first goal for Barca, and Konrad de la Fuente made his first-team debut for Barca in the 4-0 win at Dynamo Kiev.

Dest became the 10th American to score in UEFA Champions League, racing through the Kiev defense to take the ball and score on an angled shot.

Barca coach Ronald Koeman rested Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong, who both stayed behind, and the move paid off as Barcelona clinched a berth in the round of 16 with two games to spare.

Dest earned his third start in this season's Champions League after right back Sergi Roberto was injured in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid.

"Dest comes with a lot of desire," said Barcelona left back Jordi Alba. "With Sergi Roberto's unfortunate injury he will surely have more opportunities. I think he has a high level. He has a great future and fits perfectly with the characteristics that a Barcelona fullback should have."

Dest said it was a dream to have contributed to the win with my his goal for Barcelona.

"I tried hard to hold my position because I'm happy in this team," he said, "and I want to keep my place."

Konrad, who debuted for the U.S. national team in the 0-0 tie with Wales, became the seventh American to appear in this season's UEFA Champion League, breaking the record of six set in 2004-05, and the 30th all-time.

Dest and Konrad, who entered the game in the 83rd minute, are the first Americans to be on the field for the same team in a Champions League game since Tim Howard and Jonathan Spector for Manchester United in 2004.

13 comments about "Sergino Dest shows off 'characteristics that Barcelona fullback should have'".
  1. R2 Dad, November 25, 2020 at 2:53 a.m.

    His goal was a very Ajax/Barca move where the assist came from a teammate running tight, right  next to him that he overlapped. I dont think I've ever seen an assist like that watching the USMNT. Well-taken goal, SD.

  2. beautiful game replied, November 25, 2020 at 12:34 p.m.

    The assist came from the NT Dane, Martin Braithwaite ($10M), who had a strong 90-minutes with two goals. He was bought in fall, 2019 when Dembele was injured and out for several months rehabing. First time he has been given a chance to play meaningful minutes. IMHO, his Soccer IQ and energy on the pitch is higher than Dembele ($110M) and Griezmann ($105M) combined. Rumor has it that Barca board and coach want to sell him in order to make Dutch NT player, Memphia DePay, ($35M) their intended signing. Seems that since 2016,  Barca continues to be more concerned with rolling the dice for players that don't particularly fit their system. It is incredible that Barca player acquisition mindset is spinning faster out of control when its current financial situation has been futher compromised by its disgraced el presidente Bartomeu who recently resigned after four years of incompetent leadership.  

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, November 25, 2020 at 1:54 p.m.

    @Frank; "The Assist" It was NOT... Dest Took the "Bad" Touch OFF his Teammate... His Teammate had NO idea Dest was there... None the Less... a Clever and Well done Run by Dest and an excellent Goal to the Far Post. Have you come around to my View that Pulisic should be a Farça Player.???

  4. Wooden Ships replied, November 25, 2020 at 3:01 p.m.

    Santiago, Frank is having some posting issues. I made a couple suggestions. 

  5. frank schoon, November 25, 2020 at 4:32 p.m.

    HI, Guys, i'm back, apparently my subscription ran out,LOL. Last year they would automatically renew the subscription but this year it wasn't the case.

    Forget about, assist, or whatever. As I  told Ships the important thing to what Dest, is not the scoring of the goal but the move during the game he made. Here Google this, then play the video
    Seibin Onfiire on Twitter: "SHOW SHOW SERGIÑO DEST SHOW https://t.co/2DSVO8KwPp" / Twitter

    Watch how he takes on the 2 defenders of Dynamo Kiev. The difference between our boys and Dest who grew up playing in Holland ,is the element of PICKUP SOCCER.  LOOK, JUST LOOK, at how Dest conducts himself ,without the utmost confidence taking 2 opponents. This is WHAT THE  AMERICAN PLAYER MISSES in his ability. 

    Our boys are programmed , so stifflike who would never think or are capable of attempting or executing what Dest did. You don't see that attempted by our best players, we lack that shake and bake stuff. This is what kids do in Holland when playing pickup. Look at our MLS the backs or even the frontline , our American boys are nowhere close to how Dest conducts himself. Being a former attacker, I know the psychological make up of attackers who are NOT AFRAID to take on take on these turkeys(defenders). I see a lack of penetrating 'Bravado' of our players which Dest a back has. Don't kid yourself , Dest was not a back by origin, he was placed there because he lack that extra to be a real good wing. He's good with a ball because of his Ajax backround ,he's has to work or improve on his defense. Quoting Ships in his e-mail to me sums it up <" Play it safe ,make the smart pass, stop being selfish"> is what our kids our told constantly and therefore never learn the feeling of 'individuality' .

    Santiago, as far as CP, no , I don't  see him as a Barca. He's too one-dimensional is his ball movements and capabilities. A winger on Barcelona has to have a lot more bagage than what CP offers....

  6. frank schoon replied, November 25, 2020 at 4:34 p.m.

    I meant to say about Dest, 'WITH THE UTMOST CONFIDENCE' as seen in the 3rd paragraph

  7. Santiago 1314 replied, November 26, 2020 at 10:47 a.m.

    Happy Thanksgiving All... I guess the SA Staff is Off..? Nothing about Maradona.??? Lord, RIP his Tormented Soul.!!!
    Frank; Explain "Baggage" (Dimensions.??)

  8. frank schoon replied, November 26, 2020 at 12:44 p.m.

    Santiago, CP, first of all lacks good passing techniques, especially medium to long range. In other words once he draws more than one defender to him, he lacks the finesse, or finer touch, a la Ziyech on the other wing, to place a nice ball somewhere else. This makes him easier to guard or more predictable as to what he is capable of doing. He needs also to work on left foot crosses thus giving him an extra option on attack, because the back has to gues which way he will go.

    He relies too much on turbo although at times you need the turbo, but you know as well as I do, when you think of CP visually, you see him making a run or explode; but nothing like when he has the ball is he going to hold on to it forceing opponents to come to him thereby leaving space behind them for his teammates to run into in order in order to receive a nice floating pass that his teammate is able to receive without breaking stride. He lacks the thinking capability of a scheming wing. Also he never thinks about the 3rd man off the ball.

    He doesn't know how to play the wing postionally so that he can create not only the most space for himself as well as for his teammates and this is why he often comes back to midfield wanting the ball and thereby closing the space down not only for himself but for his other teammates which only makes it easier for his opponents to double up on midfield. He doesn't realize you need to create space when you build up or when you have ballpossession possession.  Instead he should use his strength by posting as far down the flanks possible thereby creating a one on one situation with the back, which is really the first and foremost position of a wing. HE NEEDS TO LEARN THAT WINGERS ARE SPACE CREATORS ,FIRST!!!

    He has not been taught to study the weakness/balance of defenders in beating them but instead he depends upon raw power,which is too one-dimensional. Realize a wing needs only a step on the opponent and that can be done making a defender move one way and wait for back or trailing to follow and that moment he cuts back giving him that space to make a run or a pass or a shot or a quick and go which American players are not good at give and go's. He has never been taught the finer aspects of wing for  that also takes 'scheming' which is also a major factor that you learn playing pickup.  

    Watch this on Youtube. Begin at 1min 37sec.
    Coen Moulijn vs Milan Coppa dei Campioni 1969 1970 - YouTube

    Note, how he comes at the defender, moves subtly to allow the ball to be on his left, and he has the build-in radar to wait for the defender to make the first move and then cuts...that is all you need without getting sprinting like crazy but that requires work to get that sharp. NEXT POST.

  9. frank schoon replied, November 26, 2020 at 12:57 p.m.

    Good players have that 'buildin' radar , this is why players like Cruyff , Best, Rodney Marsh, Maradona don't get tackled becuase they know how to ride the tack out....

    I Lament that CP went to Germany , a country that is not known for wingers, or creative play but for runners, 'laufen und stampfen'  like Beckenbaur and Rolf Russman describes German soccer. Wingers are schemers and therefore CP was not taught that element and just like at Chelsea ,likewise he won't learn for it is all about Turbo, more than anything and this why in Germany and England he's had injury problems. Yes I wish he was playing in Spain to learn or any country that had a good history of Wingers. For example, I were him, I would get into contact with Figo, Johnny Rep, Willy Johnston, Dzajic ,or whomever that he can learn from. Great wingers learn and watch from other wingers. 

    Study this Brazilian winger for Ajax on youtube, begin at 1minute
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-wX0s0nviE

    Enjoy Thanksgiving.....

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, November 27, 2020 at 7:35 p.m.

    Ah Frank...if CP could have joined Barca at age 12 or so it may have made the difference in his game at 21.

    I know, I know, that would not have made up the lack of a street soccer background, but your primary criticism of CP is not his lack of technique, but rather his decision making. (Crossing can and should always improve.) 

    Especially for wingers, speed of play is more important than fancy moves. The way I liked to think about it is, they can't tackle the ball if its already gone. CP has speed.

  11. frank schoon replied, November 28, 2020 at 9:22 a.m.

    Bob, If CP was at Barca at the age of 12 then he would have had PLENTY of street soccer backround just like Messi had, for where else would you have learned his skills at that young age to get that good.

    Yes, I criticize him also for the lack of good Wing skills for he was never been taught to play wing which takes having certain techniques, along with scheming abilities, watching how your opponent sets up and he stands and looking for his weakness and his options. As far scheming goes, a slower player on the wing has to rely more upon that aspect knowing where the opponent's weakness lies at that moment or you lead him in a manner you can profit off his weakness. This is just one of the elements that CP lacks for he is more into turbo, applying mostly speed coming at the opponent. It is one element but like Cruyff says 'the more you employ speed the  less can apply technique'. That means CP applies only a certain techniques which is allowed to him due to his turbo play or in the way he plays .

    Now look on other side or flank of Chelsea, Ziyech  doesn't use his speed or turbo but applies more skills and smarts. If he employs speed ,he does it is only a few steps to throw the defender off but nothing like CP. If you look at Ziyech, he's able to use more skills and brains and along with great passing abilities that CP doesn't have. Ziyech's play has more dimension to his game. Also Ziyech, because he doesn't rely on speed will watch for other options off the ball whether dribbling or more importantly passing, all of which CP is weak on. Compare CP to Ziyech as wingers and see the difference in skills and brain set Ziyech applies to what CP does. 

    Ofcourse, Crossing ,all players can impove upon especially with their strong leg, but CP needs to improve or rather work on his crosses with his left or weak leg, which, I think, is a must if he is to play the left side for it only adds to his attacking options as well as making it more difficult for him to guard 

    Speed of play is so important as well as having 'moves', they go together making it more difficult for a defender to guard you. 
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  12. frank schoon replied, November 28, 2020 at 9:42 a.m.

    Bob, "Speed of play" takes into account and is more important than the speed of the wing, for without the former your wing is not worth a dime.
    What do I mean by 'Speed of Play".

    ONE, POSITIONALLY, the wing need be in a 1v1 position with his opponent (back), not 1v2, for that slows the attack down for he will be forced to pass the ball back to his support.

    TWO, the initial pass to the wing, which is SO IMPORTANT. If he receives the ball with his back facing downfield, it's WORTHLESS. This is why Michells would bench any back passing the ball straight up to the wing. 

    THREE,the pass to the wing needs to be in manner that he can see his opponent and the ball as have a good field view.

    FOUR, the SPEED of the pass has to be optimum, not giving the opponent more time to adjust.

    FIVE, the pass needs to be to the correct foot, not to his back foot, thus allowing the wing the most efficient manner of movement thereby cutting down any extra time or touches to handle the ball.

    SIX, The off the ball movement of his teammate(s), like what you see often is a teammate coming to him for help thus bringing with him an extra defender, or teammate runs in a space further down thereby blocking the wing's penetrating advance. Or the halfback behind him moves forward thus blocking the wing's inside game.

    There are few more ,but these are the most important aspects that can effect the speed of play and more importantly the effectiveness of the wing...
    Fans would say this wing had a lousy game, but failed to understand why because they understand the components I just mentioned

  13. frank schoon, November 25, 2020 at 4:46 p.m.

    Guys, talk about confidence on the ball, check out how Zlatan is doing. He's playing fantastic at AC Milan, he their leader , top scorer and Sweden is thinking about wanting him to play for the Swedish NT again.

    I lament him leaving the MLS for he's the perfect example of how a soccer player conducts himself....All Confidence, has no feeling of losing or risk. He worked hard to get this far and at 39 he is still dealing out there. It is his attitude, his psychological makeup and Can do attitude that makes him so successful. This is the kind of player our boys need to be around to be able to rub off some of his greatness. Galaxy made a big mistake by not buying a couple defender/midfielders to aid Zlatan....But instead they bought Chicarito or whatever his name is to make up for Zlatan. He couldn't shine Zlatan's shoes...

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