Malcom wants to show his quality and prove he belongs at Barcelona

Sport360 staff 11:20 22/11/2018
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Malcom wants to play in the tough games to prove he belongs at Barcelona.

The Brazilian has struggled to establish himself at the Camp Nou following a summer move from Bordeaux, but made a big impact in the Champions League before the international break, scoring in a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan.

And the 21-year-old has spoken about how happy he was to score in that game and also about settling into life in Catalonia.

“I’m fine with (Barca coach Ernesto) Valverde, I spoke with him and he told me what I needed to improve and be in the group,” Malcom was quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo.

“Now I want to play tough games to show that I have the quality to be in this team.

Malcom has struggled to establish himself at Barca.

Malcom has struggled to establish himself at Barca.

“I always imagined I could make a goal in the Champions, but not so, against a very strong team, with players of high quality.

“When I received the ball from (Philippe) Coutinho I thought about taking on my opponent, that’s what the coach asks us to do, look one against one. I was very happy to score.”

Malcom wasn’t called up by Brazil over the international break so should be fresh and firing for the return of La Liga this weekend.

And leaders Barca face a mouthwatering clash with third-placed Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano, but will be without Ivan Rakitic due to suspension.

Coutinho is also a doubt although he has returned to training this week.

“At Barca everything is like a family and everyone wants the best for the other,” added Malcom on adjusting to his new surroundings.

“We joke a lot in the dressing room, I am always with the Brazilians, Coutinho, Arthur, Rafinha and we are always together.

“I talk more with them, but I’m good with everyone. I also speak with Leo (Messi), (Gerard) Pique, Luis Suarez, (Jordi) Alba … I am adapting and learning to speak in Spanish.”

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