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Barcelona Star Leaves Xavi Speechless With Stunning Display in El Clasico Victory Over Real Madrid
- Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez had nothing but praise for his star performer Gavi
- The 18-year-old midfielder scored one and assisted two as his club defeated Real Madrid
- Gavi, named in Spain’s squad for the 2022 World Cup, has risen to prominence at Barca
Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez is still in awe with the performance of Spanish midfielder, Gavi in the Super Cup final victory against Real Madrid on Sunday, January 15.
Gavi produced one of his best displays in a Barcelona shirt, creating two assists and scoring once as the Catalans routed the defending champions 3-1 to claim their first trophy under Xavi.
The 18-year-old midfielder also won seven of the nine ground duels, had 88 percent pass accuracy, and had 100 percent of his tackles won, leading Xavi to sing his praises, Football Espana reports.
“I’m left speechless. He’s pure passion, pure soul. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth when he doesn’t play. He’s contagious for the team and he’s only 18 years old.”
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Xavi was also impressed with the depth shown by Gavi, saying the young midfielder showed a different part of his game never witnessed before by the Barcelona manager.
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Meanwhile, Sergio Busquets has billed Barcelona teenager Gavi as 'a competitive animal' and backed him to define an era at Camp Nou, Goal reports.
The 18-year-old midfielder put on another eye-catching performance for Barcelona as they swept aside El Clasico rivals, Real Madrid 3-1 in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
Gavi is the current holder of both the prestigious Golden Boy award and the Kopa Trophy, awarded to the best young player in the world.
Gavi shines in Barcelona victory
Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Barcelona convincingly beating Real Madrid 3-1 in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, to win the Spanish Super Cup and their first trophy since coach Xavi took over.
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Inspired by Gavi, who scored one and set up goals for Robert Lewandowski and Pedri, the Catalans produced one of their best performances in years against their bitter El Clasico rivals.
Having enjoyed great success as a player at Barcelona, Xavi returned in November 2021 and after a summer of heavy spending, the victory is seen as a sign that his project is progressing well.