Barcelona midfielder Gavi was unwell for the last time the club competed in the Europa League as Marca. It could not be called the Europa League at the time but the UEFA Cup. Barcelona were sacked by Celtic in the 2003/04 season.
The 17-year-old was born five months after Barcelona’s clash with Celtic in August 2004. Gavi’s coach Xavi Hernandez, however, was part of the team that lost to the Scottish outfit.
And the Andalusian youth has already recovered and has really gained Xavi’s trust. He started Barcelona’s last two games, against Atletico Madrid and Espanyol, scoring in both games although his goal in the Catalan Derby was withdrawn due to a short offside.
Gavi joined the first team at the Camp Nou earlier this season but has played 27 games. He also gained international recognition, becoming an integral part of the Luis Enrique Spanish national team.