Spanish coach Luis Enrique hailed Gavi’s match against Litalia in the League of Nations.
Spain coach Luis Enrique praised Gavi’s performance after his record-breaking debut in Spain’s Nations League semi-final victory over Italy (1-2) on Wednesday.
Gavi became the youngest Spanish player of all time, at the age of 17 years and 62 days, during the clash at San Siro.
The FC Barcelona midfielder made 94.3% of his passes in the opposing half of the field, a figure that was only exceeded by one other Spanish player. He also played 19 duels and made more tackles (four) than any other teammate.
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He seemed at ease on the big stage, and Luis Enrique compared his performance to one he could serve in his backyard at home.
“He plays like at school or in the garden of his house. It’s a pleasure to have a player of this quality and personality,” he told reporters.
Spain’s victory ended Italy’s unbeaten streak (37 matches), a world record, and allowed her to advance to the Nations League final on Sunday, where she will meet the France or Belgium, who will face each other in the other semi-final on Thursday.
The triumph was sealed by two goals from Manchester City striker Ferran Torres, not to mention the expulsion of Leonardo Bonucci for the Azzurri before half-time.
Lorenzo Pellegrini reduced the score for Roberto Mancini’s side late in the game, but La Roja held on to record a memorable victory against the side that beat them in the Euro 2020 semi-final in July.