Gavi can ‘define an era’ for Spain, claims head coach Luis Enrique, who calls for ‘calm’ on the teen

Gavi can ‘define an era’ for Spain, head coach Luis Enrique claims, but says they must keep ‘calm’ about the Barcelona teenage sensation, despite being the third-youngest goalscorer in World Cup history

Spain coach Luis Enrique has claimed midfield star Gavi can ‘define an era’ following the 18-year-old’s impressive World Cup debut.

Barcelona’s teenage product became the third-youngest goalscorer in World Cup history, behind Pele and Manuel Rosas, in Spain’s 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica.

Enrique’s decision to call up Gavi for national service last October raised some eyebrows, especially as it came just two months after his Barca debut, but the Spaniard now feels justified as the midfielder continues to shine.

Gavi could ‘define an era’ for Spain, coach Luis Enrique claimed after his goal on Wednesday

In Enrique’s pre-match press conference, he said: “The most surprising thing for everyone is that someone at 18 years and 100 days old has so much confidence.

“You have to look at the intelligence he has in his positioning, how he dominates the technical aspects of football and his physical ability despite being 18. We have to keep calm, he’s 18, but he can define an era.’

Gavi has proven his worth for Spain, who know that a win against Germany on Sunday at the Al Bayt stadium will almost certainly send them through to the knockout stages.

Enrique’s team will have to live up to expectations, despite a record victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday.

Enrique said, “You always hope for the best, but maybe I didn’t expect such a powerful version [of the team]. I am better at dealing with problems. I’m such an idiot.’

Enrique Knows The Problems Germany Could Pose If It Had To Deal With Them In 1994

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The trouble could be coming from Germany, who are reeling from their shock 2-1 defeat to Japan. Enrique knows the depth of Sunday’s opponents with their four World Cup victories, and from first-hand experience of going up against them at the World Cup 28 years ago.

“You look at their shirt and see four stars,” Enrique said. “I played against them in 1994 and their physical level was incredible… If anyone knows how to compete, it’s Germany. Their history is there and they have world class players.’

Gavi made 14 appearances for Spain in just over 12 months, scoring three goals this year against the Czech Republic, Jordan and then the fifth of seven to add up to Costa Rica’s defeat.

He also won France Football’s Kopa Trophy for under-21 players and was selected as a Golden Boy by European sports journalists, an honor earned in recent years by Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappé and Raheem Sterling.

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