Barca system ‘favours my style of play’, says Raphinha after impressive debut


Barcelona new signing Raphinha believes the club’s system favours his style of play, after he shone on his debut in a 6-0 win over Inter Miami.

The Brazilian winger played the first half against the MLS side, scoring Barca’s second goal and assisting two more in what he described as “one of the best” debuts he has ever had.

Raphinha arrived from Leeds United in one of the Blaugrana’s bigger deals this transfer window and immediately looked the part in Florida.

With the promise of a turnaround campaign at the Camp Nou this term, the Selecao star is not worried that adapting to life at the club will be a problem as he fits his approach to slot games neatly into their tactics.

“I don’t think it will be a problem because it’s a system that favors my style of play,” he stated. “I already have the ability to play wide as a winger.

“I came here, like everyone else, to help Barca. I know Barca can help me and the players a lot. So I think one helps the other and that’s how we get the results.”

“It’s definitely very easy when you play with high-quality players like the ones we have in the squad. Everything is much easier.

“Obviously I adapt to the team’s style of play and I think they will help me a lot and I will do my best to help everyone.”

Raphinha was arguably Barca’s best player against Miami and admitted his dream debut was something he had hoped for – especially with a pre-season replay of El Clasico against Real Madrid coming up.

“I am very happy that I could score my first goal and that I can play a good game,” he added. “Obviously when you make your debut you try to perform well and it was one of the best debuts I’ve ever had.

“I am very happy and I hope to continue to contribute to the team. Of course we are playing a Clasico, we always want to score against the rival and I really want to play these games which are the best for me.”

“Scoring goals allows us to win, which is the most important thing and it helps us keep our confidence for the rest of the season.”

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