Barcelona fans react to Ricard Puig's battle vs Tottenham's Christian Eriksen


Barcelona and Tottenham played out a very exciting pre-season friendly at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.

The two sides were locked at 2-2 after normal time, with Barca prevailing on penalties 5-3 - newest signing Malcom converting the winning spot kick.

There were a lot of positives to take for Barca and Ernesto Valverde, with another new arrival Arthur Melo scoring an absolute stunner.

Munir scored the other goal after great work from both Sergi Roberto and Rafinha.

It was intriguing to see Barca's new Brazilians fit in so well, but it seems the South American stars were upstaged by a La Masia graduate.

The club's famed academy hasn't been churning out stars like it used to in recent years, but youngster Ricard Puig really stole the show - he also scored in the shootout.

The 18-year-old played the most minutes for Barca with 65 on his official debut and his battle with Christian Eriksen really got fans talking.

He certainly wasn't starstruck playing against the Dane, who was a known target for Barca in the past.


The 18-year-old looks like a star in the making.

And there was one moment that typified just how confident these La Masia graduates are, as Puig executed a perfect 'sombrero'.


Just gorgeous on the eye.

Puig joined FC Barcelona's youth setup in 2013 from UFB Jabac Terrassa and only made his debut for Barcelona B back in February.

If you'd like to see Puig's highlights from the game in full, you can watch the below.

La Masia looks alive and healthy.

After the past success of the academy, fans will be praying that Valverde looks at the talent available and gives them the necessary first-team opportunities.

Barca have made a lot of high-profile signings of late, but there it still room to nurture and provide a platform for players like Puig.

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