FC Barcelona manager Xavi has lavished praise on Gavi after the Spanish midfielder starred for the Catalan outfit in their defeat of Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.
Barcelona and Real Madrid squared off in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, and it was the Catalan outfit who emerged victorious. Barca inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Real Madrid to secure the Spanish Super Cup title.
It was Gavi who was the man of the match as the Spanish youngster scored a goal and provided two assists for Barcelona. Gavi opened the scoring for Barcelona in the 33rd minute of the match and then assisted Robert Lewandowski’s goal in the 45th minute.
Pedri made it 3-0 in the 69th minute of the Spanish Super Cup final, and Gavi was once again involved, assisting the goal. Real Madrid scored a consolatory goal in the 90+3rd minute through Karim Benzema.
“I never get tired of praising him” – Xavi heaps praise on Gavi
Speaking after the match, Barcelona manager Xavi heaped praise on Gavi, who he said he never gets tired of praising.
“Gavi is a boy that thrills us all when we see him competing like this. He puts his soul, his heart, and his character on the pitch and transmits it to the rest of the team, and he is just 18,” Xavi told reporters.
Xavi added: “He was gifted with leadership skills. He projects that courage and that rage when he plays football and it’s something special to see. I already said this many times but I never get tired of praising him. Hopefully, he will never stop like this, because he has no limits.”
Meanwhile, Xavi has finally won his first title as the manager of FC Barcelona. Barcelona appointed Xavi, who is also their club legend, as their manager in November 2021.
Xavi will also be aiming to guide the Catalan outfit to La Liga glory in the 22/23 season. Barcelona are atop the points table in La Liga, ahead of El Clasico rivals Real Madrid.
Barca have 41 points from 16 matches in the Spanish top flight so far this season. Real Madrid, meanwhile, have 38 points from 16 matches. Barcelona enjoys a three-point lead over Real Madrid, who are also the defending La Liga champions.