Barca’s Puig ‘spectacular’ – Gattuso

Barcelona’s teenage midfielder Riqui Puig has been labelled as ‘spectacular’ by Milan Coach Gennaro Gattuso following a pre-season game.

The Rossoneri ran out 1-0 victors over a young Barca side this weekend but the Italian took time to praise the 18-year-old midfielder.

“Riqui is spectacular,” Gattuso told reporters, in quotes cited by ESPN FC.

“Even though they [Barca] have players that look like kids, the way they handle the ball amazes me. It's the beauty of football. It's like poetry.

“I heard about him a while ago, and about some of the other kids at the club. It's the kind of thing you can't really copy and paste. It's something that takes years to do. It's how they feel the game.

“So it's a beautiful thing, but a very tough thing for others to copy. They don't play with a tactical model, it's more of a common idea. Needless to say, I am very jealous of the Barca school.”

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