The young American netted the ball for the first time in Barcelona in a 4-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv and the seasoned defender tipped him to be a future Barca star.
Jordi Alba says Sergino Dest can turn into a Barcelona icon after the youthful right-back got his first goal for the club. The United States international opened the scoring for the Blaugrana against Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday as Ronald Koeman's side traveled into the last 16 of the Champions League with an agreeable 4-0 Group G win. Dest's performance was firm and furthermore impressed everyone with four contacts inside the Dynamo penalty box and six crosses – more than any other player. The 20-year-old's goal additionally demonstrated fine poise as he adjusted a smooth move with a freshly calculated completion. "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 decisive victory. "I think he has a high level. He has a great future and fits perfectly with the characteristics that a full-back at Barca should have." Dest, who joined Blaugrana in October, added: "We played really well. It's a dream to have contributed with my first goal for the club. I tried hard to hold my position because I'm happy in this team and I want to keep my place." With Martin Braithwaite's brace and Antoine Griezmann's goal, Barcelona won four consecutive Champions League, however, they are struggling to find their feet in La Liga. Alba says that the squad is adapting themselves to Koeman's coaching style and positive changes will arrive. "We have to improve a lot, it's a team with a lot of new people," added the 31-year-old. "I've been here for nine years and it's always the same. When you don't win, you talk a lot. It's normal. We have lost points that if the ball went differently we would have taken them. "I think the work is good, for the team and the coaching staff. There is a high level and any team can beat you if you are not playing well. Until the Christmas break we have games to win and we will try "