19-year-old Barcelona ace retains Xavi’s confidence – report
FC Barcelona has seen a resurgence under the guidance of Xavi, securing maximum points in their last four challenging fixtures despite key players like Pedri and Araujo being sidelined due to injuries. Gavi, a young and talented midfielder, has emerged as a standout player, earning praise from Xavi for his adaptability and passion.
In a recent match against Real Betis, Gavi showcased his versatility by playing as an interior midfielder, taking a deeper position on the field than usual in the absence of Gundogan from the starting lineup. His performance was notable as he tirelessly pressed the opposition and efficiently contributed to the attack.
Gavi’s passing success rate in the match was an impressive 96%, completing fifty-five out of fifty-seven passes. He was highly active throughout the game, making 73 touches on the ball. Defensively, he won seven duels, including an aerial duel, demonstrating his tenacity despite being relatively shorter in stature. His contribution to ball possession was significant, winning the ball seven times against Betis and maintaining pressure on their defense.
Gavi’s importance in Xavi’s team is undeniable. However, with potential changes in the team’s formation and the return of injured players, he might face competition for a starting spot. Competing with players like Gundogan, Pedri, and Frenkie de Jong for midfield positions, Gavi will need to maintain his performance levels to secure a consistent spot in the starting lineup, especially in a competitive 4-3-3 formation.