Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Saturday, Barcelona manager Xavi Hernández discussed 17-year-old midfielder Gavi in quotes picked up by Sport.
“He’s very good at recovering possession, taking the ball away from the opponents. He’s very competitive. He understands the high press very well; he’s excellent at that. He turns very well when we want to play in between the lines. But he needs to manage himself – he needs to find the right resources in the right moments – knowing when to attack the space better, when to let the wingers run or when to pass it. These are tactical situations where he needs to improve. He’s an incredible talent and a joy to coach. At 17, to already have made such an impact and play with the national side is marvellous.“