Malcom delighted after scoring maiden goal for Barcelona

Brazilian winger Malcom has expressed his delight after scoring his maiden goal for Barcelona during the recent Champions League encounter against Inter Milan. The 21-year-old came off the bench to score the opening goal for the Blaugrana in the 83rd minute but his effort was cancelled out by Mauro Icardi prior to stoppage time.

As such, the Catalan giants could only muster a point on their return to San Siro but that was sufficient to ensure their progress into the last 16 of the elite competition. Speaking after the game, Malcom said that Barcelona’s were always his dream club from his childhood days and he is looking forward to making history with the club after bagging his maiden goal in one of the biggest of stages.

He quipped: “Barcelona was a dream I had as a child. To debut in the Champions League and score a goal, I will celebrate with the family. My dream at Barca is starting, my dream is to make history and do great things. I have to thank the group for giving me confidence. I want to play more. Every day I train to be able to show that I have the quality to be in this group.”

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde had juggled between Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele on the right wing in the injury absence of Lionel Messi but he had to take the option of Malcom in midweek in the search for the elusive goal. Though, Barcelona could not seal the victory, Malcom would undoubtedly have pleased the head coach after bagging the goal which handed them the point and hopefully, he may have turned the corner with respect to the playing time.

Meanwhile, Messi was not risked for the Nerazzurri trip despite returning from an arm injury but he is likely to reclaim his spot on the right wing when Barcelona entertain Real Betis in the weekend league encounter.