Nations League: Luis Enrique: “Gavi is unknown in Spanish football” | Sports | The USA Print


The League of Nations landed at the Benito Villamarín in Seville, Gavi’s hometown, which had a great match against Portugal. The Andalusian became the great protagonist of the duel. “With Gavi I have the feeling that he is a great unknown to Spanish football, even to those who are close to him. He not only runs, he is very dangerous with the ball. He is a pure interior and has a goal. You will see it in the future. At 18 years old, he is a unique player, ”said Luis Enrique about Gavi, one of his favorite soccer players.



Unai Simón, Pau Torres, Llorente, Alba, Azpilicueta, Gavi (Marcos Llorente, min. 80), Carlos Soler (Koke, min. 62), Busquets, Ferrán Torres (Dani Olmo, min. 62), Sarabia and Morata (De Thomas, minute 69)



Diogo Costa, Raphael Guerreiro, Pepe, Danilo Pereira, Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Moutinho (Ruben Neves, min. 45), Bruno Fernandes (Matheus, min. 80), Rafael Leao (Horta, min. 71), André Silva (Gonçalo Guedes, min. 61) and Otavinho (Cristiano, min. 61)

goals 1-0 min. 24: Bruise. 1-1 min. 81: Horta.

Yellow cards Sarabia (min. 35), Moutinho (min. 37), Bernardo Silva (min. 38), Llorente (min. 71), Matheus (min. 82), Raphael Guerreiro (min. 88), Busquets (min. 91) and Pepe (min. 92)

“I do not single out Barcelona with these statements. What I am saying is that, when people see him play at Barça, they only see a defensive player and Gavi is much more. He with the ball he is unknown to Spanish football. I have it very clear and that’s what I say”, reiterated the national coach about this very special footballer. “I took it off because he was fatigued, nothing more,” he added.

“I’m happy with the match we played. We lacked the second and, if you don’t do it against a team like Portugal, they can draw you. But I liked Spain”, concluded Luis Enrique.

A Spain that played well with a great Gavi. It all starts with the hierarchy of Busquets, who played his 134th game with the Spanish team and only has Casillas (167) and Sergio Ramos (180) ahead of him. Soler does everything well and then Spain has Gavi. The Andalusian played his international match number seven at the age of 17 (he turns 18 on August 5), a real madness. Gavi, just 50 kilometers from his hometown, Los Palacios, is a footballer destined to mark an era. His personality is overflowing, as well as his football. It was easy for him to dominate a midfield where he faced players like Moutinho and Bruno Fernandes.

His career and his change of pace gave rise to Spain’s first goal. He walked away easily and set up Sarabia, who combined perfectly with Morata to execute a perfect counterattack. Gavi, tireless, delivered another spectacular pass to Soler in the 29th minute, which came close to becoming Spain’s second goal. There are no shortcuts in Gavi’s football, always direct, in the face of the rival, to whom he discusses the ball as if he were a veteran. There is also no fear in the daring and direct football of him.

Soler, Busquets and Gavi formed a balanced and talented midfield against an overly demanding Portuguese team. Both Gavi and Soler have the added value of their ability to cross lines with dribbles or drives in a football that lately only lives by passing. Gavi has become a fixture for Luis Enrique, who had the courage to make him play for the national team with just a handful of games for Barcelona. He has already been with the Catalan team for 47 years and is preparing to play in his first World Cup, in Qatar, next November, at the age of 18.

Gavi came out very plugged in in the second half. In the 47th minute he delivered a magnificent inside pass to Sarabia and then stole two balls before colliding with Pepe on the wing. Portugal squeezed. Unai Simón saved against Leão while the Spanish stands booed Cristiano Ronaldo, who came out to warm up the Villamarín wing in the 46th minute. Cristiano entered in the 62nd minute in the midst of a huge anger from the Spanish fans to add his 187th match with Portugal, a tremendous figure.

Cristiano replaced Otávio and with the first ball he touched he made three bicycles. A minute later, in minute 64, Gavi, fireproof, put Morata in front of the goal. At 75, the young Andalusian’s muscles suffered. The calf went up and he had to stretch urgently to play again. Fatigue was beginning to take its toll on Gavi. Luis Enrique realized. In the 81st minute he was replaced by Marcos Llorente. Benito Villamarín fell apart chanting the name of Gavi, who on his way out of the field shook hands with the national coach. What a game the Barcelona midfielder scored. Gavi came out and a minute later Portugal tied.

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