The teenagers shine in Spain’s midfield like Xavi and Iniesta once did

He went to South Korea in 2010 as a coach at the time Vicente del Bosquewho passed the baton into the hands of an outstanding midfield duo, led seven Barcelona players, eight if you count David Villa, who had just transferred from Valencia to Camp Nou at the time. Also Luis Enrique has eight footballers in its ranks Blaugrana. After the Valencia captain was injured Jose Gayahe was replaced on the left flank by Balde, another Barca teenager who has come into his own under Xavi this season and made his debut in a national team shirt against Costa Rica.

Many promising footballers in the Spanish national team

Highlights of the match Spain – Costa Rica

Luis Enrique has an extremely talented squad. The 20-year-olds have a lot of promise in attack Jeremy Pino from Villarreal, quick-footed and skilful Nico Williams from Athletic Bilbao – his older brother Otherwise he is a member of the Ghanaian national team – and Barca’s returnee after a serious injury Ansu Fati, who until Gavi was the youngest scorer in the history of the Spanish national team. He is two years older Ferran Torres, the scorer of two goals against Costa Rica, otherwise the coach’s daughter’s boyfriend. But the main strength of Spain is once again a dominant midfield, in which the rhythm of the game is dictated by Barca’s trio.

In 2010, he was also in the starting eleven alongside Xavi and Iniesta Sergio Busquets. The Catalan is now 34 years old and is the captain La Roja, and forms a striking bond with the two teenagers. Pedri, who is a year and a half older than Gavi, comes from the Canary Islands. He is from Tenerife at home, but he established himself at Las Palmas from Gran Canaria. He was also noticed there by Barca, who brought him to the Camp Nou two years ago. Pedri immediately became an indispensable member of the club, for which everyone in his family cheers, and with good performances he also made his way into the national team, where he also took on an important role.

The last winners of the “golden boy” and “kopa” awards

He already has one European Championship behind him, where he played excellently and was chosen as the best young player of the tournament. Last year, he received the two awards for the best young man in the world – the “golden boy” and the “kopa”. Gavi, who is from Andalusia, became his successor in both this year. He played in the youth teams of Betis, and when he was 11, he moved to Barca’s famous La Masia academy. They complement each other perfectly and form a brilliant tandem that guarantees a bright future for the Spanish national team. But according to the games, despite their youth, they are capable of great things already.

Gavi scored masterfully with the outside of his foot for 5:0

If Pedri is reminiscent of Iniesta with his elegant movement, excellent technique, calmness ‘on the ball’ and excellent passes, Gavi is like a “volcano on the verge of eruption”. A player who brings a lot of energy, plays aggressively all the time and always puts intense pressure on the opponent. “Heart on feet” said Xavi for him. Pedri has already succeeded Iniesta’s number eight at Barca, and Gavi, who is not yet registered in the first team, is expected to take over Xavi’s number six in January.

Iniesta and Xavi made their World Cup debuts at the age of 22, while Pedri and Gavi were already teenagers. They showed themselves very well in the first match on the biggest national team stage. Pedri, who is more often involved in the Barca jersey than the two, is still waiting for his international debut, while Gavi, who became the youngest debutant in the Spanish national team last year at 17 years and 61 days, has already scored three goals for Spain. Against Costa Rica, he impressed with a brilliant volley with the outside of the football boot for 5-0.

Valderama would learn football from Pedri

“I hope he will continue to improve and remain aggressive both with and without the ball. He is a unique player. He is only 18 years old but has the personality of a seasoned player. It is a pleasure to play with him. We are happy to have him in the team and we all believe that he will become a world football star,Luis Enrique spoke about the performance of Gavi, who at 18 years and 110 days became the youngest scorer at the World Cup after Peleus in 1958. Besides the legendary Brazilian, who hit the net for the first time at the World Cup when he was only 17 years and 239 days old, only a Mexican was younger than the promising Spaniard Manuel Rosas in 1930, who was 18 years and 93 days old.

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The king also congratulated the football players for their victory over Costa Rica Philip VI.who took home a Gavi jersey with the signatures of all the representatives. The young man, who came of age in August, was selected for player of the match, when asked who he would give credit to for the best in the victory over Costa Rica, he said without hesitation “To Pedri. It’s impressive how he plays and it’s really great to play alongside him. Pedro he commanded the midfield and created chances for teammates. It’s his game for Marco commented the charismatic Colombian Carlos Valderramaonce also a brilliant midfielder: “Send it Pedrija, because he can teach me how to play soccer. He was really great.” Former England defender Jamie Carragher but he wrote on Twitter that he is Pedri for now the best player of the tournament.

The two Spanish pearls dictated the rhythm of the game with which he La Roja dominated. Luis Enrique’s side collected as many as 1,043 passes, while Costa Rica only had 231. They had the ball in possession for almost 82 percent of the playing time, which is the most in the history of the World Cup since these statistics have been measured since 1966. After a brilliant performance against Costa Rica, a real test and a big challenge is coming for Spain, Pedri and Gavi. On Sunday at 20:00, a wounded Germany will stand on the other side, which after the defeat against Japan, is already threatened with relegation if there is another failure. We expect a spectacular clash between two excellent midfielders, the core elves Namely, it consists of Bayern players.


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