Dest: The system we're playing at Barcelona fits me really well

Dest: The system we're playing at Barcelona fits me really well

Sergino Dest has been one of the beneficiaries of Ronald Koeman's decision to switch to a three-man defence at Barcelona, which allows the American to become a wing-back and join the attack more often.

Speaking ahead of the United States' friendly against Jamaica in Austria, Dest reflected on his first six months at Barcelona.

"I feel like I've developed a lot in Barcelona," Dest said on Thursday.

"This system we're playing right now, that's something that fits me really well. I'm playing with the best of the game. Every training [session] you look at [Lionel Messi] and see what he does, it's unbelievable. I try to take a couple of things from him, of course it's really hard.

"I feel like I'm learning from all the players. It's really good for my development. I'm at the right place to get my full potential.

"This system fits the whole team as well. For me it's a little bit better, because I have someone behind me and I like to take some risks into my game. If I take risks in the game I'm at my best, taking actions and attacking.

"As a team, the system fits really well because we're winning a lot of games, scoring a lot of goals."

Dest revealed that Koeman gave him some advice with regard to how he should perform as Barcelona's right wing-back.

"In the new system, he said to me, 'if you can, just go,'" Dest noted.

"That's something that fits me really well, my attacking abilities are my strengths. I feel like I can take more risks in the game.

"Hopefully we can just continue like this, I think I can grow more into this position and be more helpful for the team and also work on my stats, assists and goals are also important."

The 20-year-old was able to grab a brace in Barcelona's 6-1 win away at Real Sociedad just before the international break, which he believed was coming.

"I was really, really happy to score two goals in the game," Dest said.

"I needed it. It was about to come, because I had the crossbar against Paris Saint-Germain, I hit the post against Sevilla.

"So it finally came and I was really happy, because it was also important for the team, you know, the second goal and the third goal. As a team, we put down a really good result and we have to continue like this."

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