Cesar Azpilicueta: Spain's new generation, like Gavi, is bursting with confidence

Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta has been surprised by the confidence of Barcelona's Gavi as the teenager turns heads at the World Cup.

Azpilicueta noticed that Spain's new generation of football stars seem to share a similar confidence, which has helped them step up to deal with the pressure of a World Cup campaign.

Gavi, who is 18, started each of Spain's group games at the World Cup and scored in the 7-0 mauling of Costa Rica.

Azpilicueta remembers Gavi's Spain debut last year, when the youngster shocked him with how self-assured and aggressive he was in his approach to the game.

"This is a new generation. There are times you help but the kids now have such confidence," Azpilicueta told The Guardian.

"Take Gavi's debut. They were telling me: 'Keep him calm.' What do you mean, 'Keep him calm'? Normally you have to get them going, push them.

"No, no, not him: there he was kicking people. I was like: there's no way I could have done that at 17."

Spain will take on Morocco in the World Cup's round of 16, where a victory would set up a quarter-final clash with either Portugal or Switzerland.

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