Frenkie de Jong: I’ve not been a flop

Frenkie de Jong has been criticiZed in recent weeks for performing below average. But he scored the winning goal in the 87th minute as Barcelona beat Alaves on Sunday.

Frenkie de Jong

The Dutchman was happy, but also not overly so with the team’s performance: “The win was very important because we are in a difficult phase of the season, but we have to improve how we play. It was very difficult here, the pitch was frozen, so it was very difficult to play here.”

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He continued: “We have to be finer with the ball, especially in the opposition’s half. We’re going too soon.” 

De Jong also said he was not happy with the reaction to the Supercopa defeat to Real Madrid, when the team were widely praised despite losing.

“They said we should be proud,” he said. “For me, I was embarrassed we were saying we were really proud after the game against Real Madrid. It can’t be like that at Barca when you’re beaten by Madrid. When you lose, you always have to be disappointed.

On his own performances, he concluded: “I feel good. Now I score a goal people will say I played well but that’s not how it is. It seems a lot of people aren’t watching the games.

“I can improve a lot, but it’s not a disaster either. [My form is] regular.”