Luis Enrique described Gavi’s ability as “extraordinary” after his brilliant World Cup debut for Spain.
Barcelona teenager Gavi marked his major tournament success by scoring an exquisite volley as Luis Enrique’s side thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday, becoming the third youngest goalscorer in World Cup history.
Only the great Brazilian Pelé in 1958 (17 years, 239 days) and the Mexican Manuel Rosas in 1930 (18 years, 93 days) made it into the net at the tournament, being younger than Gavi, who did so at the age of 18 years and 110 days. . .
Asked about Gavi’s abilities during a Twitch live stream on Thursday, Luis Enrique said: “It’s not normal, it’s something out of the ordinary.
“We all understand how difficult it is to do it at the age at which he does it.
“He has good defense. Controlling your energy is one of the things Gavi perfects. Hopefully this momentum will help him win a lot of goals.”
18 – The youngest scorers in @Soccer World Cup story:
Pele in 1958 (17 years 239 days)
Manuel Rosas in 1930 (18 years 93 days)
GAVI IN 2022 (18 years 110 days)
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 23, 2022
In the second Group E match, Spain will take on Hansi Flick’s Germany at heavyweight on Sunday, with Die Mannschaft reeling after a surprise loss to Japan.
Depending on the outcome of Japan’s clash with Costa Rica earlier on Sunday, another win by Spain could see them condemn the four-time winners to group stage elimination, and Enrique is looking to make changes to his starting line-up.
“I almost never repeat eleven. It’s hard for me. Of course, there will be some changes,” Enrique said. “They train so well that now everyone can play with full guarantee of a good performance.
“Today we analyzed the Germany-Japan match and take into account its characteristics in order to find players in the best shape.”