Barcelona’s summer signing Malcom has stressed that he is pleased with his position with the Catalan giants despite taking time to adjust to the manager’s style of play. The Brazilian had managed only 25 minutes of league action until late October but he has appeared to turn the corner of late after scoring an important Champions League goal in the 1-1 draw against Inter Milan.
Malcom scored the crunch leveller for the Blaugrana against Inter after coming on for the final 10 minutes of the game and his performance thereafter earned him a starting league spot against Real Betis after Philippe Coutinho was sidelined with an injury. However, he could not quite capitalise on the opportunity and he was benched before the hour mark of the shock 4-3 defeat at the Camp Nou.
Next up, Barcelona have a tricky challenge on the road to Atletico Madrid and the match may witness Malcom drop to the bench with Coutinho having returned to training earlier in the week. The reigning champions are currently top of the league standings with 24 points, just one ahead of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, and Alaves, who are second, third and fourth respectively on goal difference.