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‘He has a spark’ - Xavi explains why he gave Marc Guiu a chance for Barcelona

The teenager struck the winner against Athletic Club

FC Barcelona v Athletic Club - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez explained why he was willing to give Marc Guiu a chance against Athletic Club on Sunday night.

Xavi threw the 17-year-old on late on in the game and saw him score the winner with virtually his first touch of the ball.

The Barcelona boss then spoke about his match-winner after the game and why he had opted to give him a chance in the first team.

“It was a hard-fought victory. We knew they were a difficult opponent. They are a brave Athletic team. Marc, a local kid, makes the difference for us. I’m happy for him and for the three points, which are very important.”

“I have thought about him because he has a goal, a spark, and I like him personally. I have no problems looking at home. Quite the opposite. I give the confidence that they gave me when I was 17-18 years old.”

Xavi also revealed that he had no qualms about throwing Guiu into the fray after taking a check on him during the match.

“I’m surprised that they’re not scared. I see them with a spark. They look at me with a face like... ‘give me a try, and you’ll see that it’s going to be fine,’” he added.I

“I saw it with Gavi, Balde, Lamine, Fermín. ...and I saw Marc. His look is not scared.”

The result means that Barcelona can above Real Madrid in the table if they beat Los Blancos next weekend in El Clasico.

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