There we are with papa y yuca – the words of Yerry Mina after her debut with Barça
The player spoke after becoming the first Colombian to play an official match with a Blaugrana club. In his words is reflected the humility born in Guachené.
The match of the Copa del Rey semi-final match between Barcelona and Valencia will be recorded in the memory of Colombian football fans, as it was the first time that a compatriot has played an official match with this soccer giant. world.
Yerry Mina came on for 83 minutes after Gerard Pique got through on the knee. In these final minutes, the Colombian had an acceptable performance in which he guessed the six passes he made and won the only aerial duel in which he had to intervene.
It was a good premiere. The confidence of Ernesto Valverde in the back row can be on the rise because he did not make any mistakes and was shown loose in the few minutes he could enjoy in this important duel in which Barça managed to pass to the grand final of the Cup.
Although the Colombian Lauro Gonzalo Mosquera played a game with Barcelona in 1964, it was a friendly and did not stay in the club, which makes this appearance of Mina is the first game in which a player in the country plays a game official.
The player referred to his debut in the Directv Sports Central Sports program and was very pleased to have this opportunity. “I feel immense joy. My debut with these great players and with great people, with this club with which I always wanted to play. ”
He also thanked the different members of the club who supported him throughout the last 30 days before being able to make his premiere. “I thank the coaching staff, the managers and the fans for giving me the confidence. To my relatives who are always there supporting me. And to God for reaching this grand finale. ”
Regarding this moment, which is the most important of his career, he was cautious and showed that this is just the beginning of this dream. “I feel very happy but always trying to be calm with my feet on the ground and my eyes in the sky and go step by step with each objective and learning each day. Now enjoy what we are living every day and tomorrow is another day to keep fighting for what is coming. ”
The Colombian finished with a striking phrase that he dedicated to his countrymen: “There we are with potato and yucca”. Words that refer to that he is going to give everything for this club, in which many would dream to be and in which one is won a place at the end of talent and discipline.
Among the followers of the Colombian headquarters there was already concern about the delay for its premiere. But you have to understand that the players that come to this team need a period of transition to understand the style of play that characterizes this club.
Next Sunday will present a good opportunity for the Colombian to play his first game as a starter against Getafe for the Spanish League. For this game, Ernesto Valverde can not count on Samuel Umtiti for suspension and the other two centers, Thomas Vermaelen and Gerard Piqué suffer physical problems.