Frenkie De Jong And Pablo Torre React After Real Valladolid 3-1 Barcelona: “Nothing Went Right For Us”
Barcelona suffered back-to-back defeats in La Liga as they were beaten 3-1 by Real Valladolid last night. It was not the best of performances from the Catalans, with Xavi Hernandez fielding a relatively weaker team.
Addressing the media after the game, Frenkie de Jong, who was made the captain, was disappointed with the result, believing the team did not do enough to win.
“Nothing went right for us. They played a lot, and it showed, they risked their lives out there. We weren’t good,” he said. “We haven’t done enough, and we have to look at ourselves. They did well and we must congratulate them.”
“At Barça, you always have to win, especially against Valladolid, with all due respect. We congratulate Valladolid for the performance. We have to look at ourselves because we didn’t play well in this game.” de Jong added.
The Dutchman was delighted to have made the captain on the night, though, adding, “It was a great honour for me. Because I always dreamed of playing for Barcelona and to take the captain’s armband is a great honour for me.”
The midfielder also backed Raphinha for supporting Vinicius Junior during the game, adding, “That’s fine. Racism has to be completely eradicated.”
De Jong started in midfield alongside Pablo Torre. The youngster was handed a chance following the injury of Pedri, who is unlikely to feature again this season.
Torre was delighted to have given the opportunity, though he was disappointed with the result.
“The match didn’t go as we wanted to, but I’m happy to have played as a starter. Xavi told me to take risks and played me in the position that I like the most. I’m delighted playing in any position, and I try to do what he tells me,” he said about his performance.
Torre admitted he has endured a difficult season, but he believes there have been improvements as well. “It has not been an easy season for me, but I have learned a lot. I have a good understanding with Balde off the pitch, and these things are also noticeable on the pitch,” he said.
It goes without saying that Torre is among the players in contention to leave Camp Nou in the coming summer, with Real Sociedad most notably interested in the former Racing Santander starlet.