The young American scored his first goal for Barcelona in a 4-0 win over Dynamo Kiev and a team veteran made him become a future Blaugrana icon.
Dest defended solidly and also grabbed attention with four touches in the Dynamo penalty area and six crosses – more than any other player.
The 20-year-old right-back goal also showed good poise, complementing a smooth movement with a crisp, angular finish.
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“Dest comes with a lot of desire. With Sergi Roberto’s unfortunate injury, he will surely have more opportunities, ”Barcelona left-back Alba told reporters after the outright victory.
“I think he has a high level. He has a bright future and perfectly matches the characteristics that a full-back at Barca should have. ”
Dest, who joined Barca from Ajax in October, added: “We played really well. It’s a dream to have contributed with my first goal for the club. I have tried to keep my position because I am happy in this team and I want to keep my place. “
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Martin Braithwaite scored twice and Antoine Griezmann was also on track in Barca’s fourth victory in as many Champions League games – the first time they have achieved this feat since the 2002-03 campaign.
This is in stark contrast to their form in La Liga, which saw them make their worst start to the season in 29 years to put increased control over head coach Koeman, who only took the reins at Camp Nou. in August.
Alba says players are still adjusting to Koeman’s approach and a change of fortune in La Liga is imminent.
“We have to improve a lot, it’s a team with a lot of new ones,” added the 31-year-old.
“I’ve been here for nine years and it’s still the same. When we don’t win, we talk a lot. It’s normal. We lost points that if the ball went differently we would have taken them.
“I think the job is good, for the team and the coaches. There is a high level and any team can beat you if you are not playing well. Until the Christmas holidays, we have games to win and we will try ”