It corresponded to the confidence of Luis Enrique showing impudence, claw, mobility, physical display, talent and personality.
Gavi he continues to burn stages at breakneck speed and tonight became the youngest debutant in the history of the Spanish team. After being the great novelty of the call for the League of Nations, it was also in the starting eleven of Luis Enrique against Italy, in the rematch of the Eurocup semifinals. The canterano corresponded to the confidence of Luis Enrique showing claw, mobility, physical display, talent and personality.
At 17 years and 62 days, the youth squad beat Ansu Fati (which was released at 17 years and 308 days) and Angel Zubieta (who in 1936 jumped into the field with 17 years and 284 days). The Andalusian midfielder already became the fourth most precocious footballer in Barca’s history this year. A season and a half ago he played in cadets and five months ago in Second B. This Wednesday the boy who did not know how to tie the laces well faced a Chiellini who was 20 years older.
Not so long ago he hid the bags of sweets in the room and they messed up his teeth, requiring a dental treatment paid for by Ivan de la Peña, agent and mentor, who knows what it is to be a precocious genius. Luis Enrique was still at the Camp Nou when Gavi arrived at La Masia from the Betis youngster. And since then he has closely followed the projection of that kid from Los Palacios y Villafranca (Seville), who has been knocking down walls. “I have known Gavi for many years, he is one of the benchmarks of the Barça quarry. I have no doubt about the performance that he will give,” said Luis Enrique after summoning him. “The dangerous thing is to risk with young players who you do not think have the level, but with Gavi it does not happen to me. Maybe I have called him before time, but he still starts against Italy.”
So it was. A loose ball of his generated the first Italian chance but did not let it affect him. Busquets gave him instructions and encouragement and came out in defense of his teammate at Barça after the youth squad took a ball from Verratti in the Spanish area. Very active in defense, Gavi was also very quick to swipe another ball from Barella when he was already facing Unai. And he was about to steal another from Verratti in the other area. After half an hour he led a counter that yielded to Oyyarzábal, although the San Sebastian tip could not finish
At the beginning of the second half he was about to connect again with the forward in a play in which he combined speed and technique. He also showed personality and head, knowing when to give the team pause and speed. And after a fantasy play he was about to cause the penalty, but the referee did not consider that Chiellini’s grip was enough.
After the Italian goal, seven minutes from the end he left his place to Sergi Roberto, congratulated by his teammates. With only 275 minutes in the First Division and 88 in the Champions League, on Sunday he can win his first title with Spain.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.