Young sensation Gavi’s “amazing” performance as the Blaugrana defeated archrivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final left Barcelona manager Xavi and captain Sergio Busquets in astonishment.
Regarding Barcelona prodigy Gavi, who helped lead the Blaugrana to a Spanish Super Cup victory over none other than Real Madrid, Xavi and Sergio Busquets found themselves in complete agreement.
In Sunday’s championship match, which was played in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Barca defeated Los Blancos 3-1, with 18-year-old Gavi scoring the game’s first goal.
Pablo Martin Paez Gavira, winner of the 2022 Golden Boy award and a graduate of Barcelona’s illustrious La Masia institution, was brilliant on the left wing and gave Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal a hard time by scoring and providing an assist.
In the 251st El Clasico, Gavi’s cool-headed goal in the 33rd minute gave Barcelona the perfect start. Before halftime, the Spain international set up Robert Lewandowski for a straightforward tap-in, rendering his boss “speechless.”
2021 Golden Boy Pedri made it 3-0 in the second half, while Karim Benzema scored a late consolation goal for Real Madrid.
After taking home his first trophy as the Blaugrana manager, Xavi told Marca of Gavi, “I’m left dumbfounded. He is pure soul and desire. When he doesn’t play, it makes me feel badly.
Despite being only 18 years old, he has a contagious enthusiasm for the team. The amount of passion he puts into it is amazing. Gavi is a youngster who thrills us all.
He infuses the team with soul and character by bringing them. His natural ability to lead comes from within. He rages spectacularly, and it’s amazing to watch. I’ll keep praising him forever. This young man has no bounds.”
Busquets, 34, who won the Supercopa de Espana for the seventh time in his illustrious career, concurred wholeheartedly with his coach. “Gavi is a competitive animal,” he claimed, according to Mundo Deportivo.
“Most kids his age are on the youth squad, but he is playing at an exceptional level, scoring goals and dishing out assists. I would advise that he continue to learn and pay attention. I hope he ushers in a new era for Barca.”
Barca had a successful day as they effectively put an end to their two-year trophy drought. Despite losing the first El Clasico of the season, Xavi used the chance to address his team’s detractors after the triumph in Saudi Arabia.
“Many players on this team have come forward today to distance themselves from the terrible criticism they have endured.”
Xavi’s team now leads Real Madrid by three points at the top of the La Liga standings. The former Barcelona footballer, who has been in charge at the Camp Nou for 14 months, predicted that they would work more calmly.