Barcelona manager Xavi was left “speechless” after 18-year-old midfielder Gavi produced a player of the match performance to beat Real Madrid and lift the Supercopa de Espana.
The talented Golden Boy winner, who became the youngest player to score in a Spanish Super Cup final after netting against Los Blancos on Sunday, was at his best as Barca emerged 3-1 winners.
In fact, the Spaniard was involved in all three goals with either a defensive pass or a composed finish past one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Thibaut Courtois.
From running the rings around Dani Carvajal and Federico Valverde, to making 43 passes, including two assists with his so-called weak foot. Many people call this a “world class” performance.
It is certainly difficult to disagree with this statement. Gavi, who has played 28 games for club and country this season, completed 88 per cent of his passes on Sunday night and won all his tackles and aerial duels.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez spoke lyrically about the teenager in his post-match comments.
Speaking to Marca, he said: “I’m left speechless. He is pure passion, pure soul. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth when he’s not playing. He is infectious for the team and he is only 18 years old.
“The heart he puts into it is incredible. Gavi is a child that excites us all. It brings soul and character and infects the rest of the team with it.
“He’s an innate leader and it comes from within. The rage that comes out of him is spectacular. I never tire of praising him. This boy has no ceiling.”
It was Xavi’s first piece of silverware as Barcelona boss. After a slow start to life at the helm of his former club, it looks like Barca are ready to challenge for the La Liga title as well.
They are currently three points clear of Real Madrid with 16 games played – and Sunday’s outing suggests the Catalan giants have all the ingredients they need to be crowned champions once again.
So how was Sunday’s game? Well, the brilliant Gavi opened the scoring in the 33rd minute with an assist from Robert Lewandowski.
And the Poland international made it 2-0 after 45 minutes, Gavi returning the favor with a superb pass from the left.
Pedri, another player who will no doubt be involved for years to come, made it 3-0 after some fine play from Gavi…again.
And the inevitable Karim Benzema managed to score late, but it was mere consolation as Barcelona rolled back the years with a trophy win.
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