Xavi did not have Ansu Fati. Nor to Dembélé. Then, he looked at the subsidiary and remembered what he saw almost two weeks ago at the Estadi Johan Cruyff when he witnessed the victory over Sevilla Atlético (4-0). A resounding victory founded on the part of goals signed by a boy, just 17 years old, who last night appeared at the Camp Nou with authority. He is Xavi’s first child. Ilias, born in Hostalets de Pierola, of Moroccan origin, was not scared at any time because his debut was in a derby.
He showed all his talent in those first 45 minutes. “They are 17 or 18-year-olds, they have a lot of merit in what they are doing. Both Ilias and Abde have had a great game,” said a happy Xavi, proud that they knew how to resist the pressure, both sporting and psychological, that debuting with him implied. first team.
“They are 17 or 18-year-olds, they have a lot of merit in what they are doing. Both Ilias and Abde have had a great game”
Xavi, Barça coach
He arrived at Barça and enrolled in the prebenjamin. But then in Alevín A he did not pass the first cut of the Barça quarry, which forced Ilias to emigrate for a year to Gimástic de Manresa, where the Barça scouts quickly detected their initial error. He returned to La Masia and from there he has signed a prodigious career, sharing the generation of 2004 with Gavi.
In other words, two children exerting extremes in a derby. He made his debut with Barça B a little over twelve months ago and is now in the Camp Nou dressing room. No one saw him scared, happy as Ilias was running down the right wing.