‘Heaven-sent’ – Xavi raves about Ilkay Gundogan impressive Performance in Champions League opener

Barcelona manager Xavi hailed the impact of “heaven-sent” midfielder Ilkay Gundogan after a 5-0 win over Antwerp in the Champions League.

After the German midfielder contributed with an assist in Barcelona’s thumping 5-0 win in their Champions League group stage opener against Royal Antwerp on Tuesday, manager Xavi hailed the former Manchester City star’s efforts and termed his signing as “heaven-sent”.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Xavi said: “When Gundo has the ball, everything gets better. As simple as that. He does everything well, absolutely everything. If we play good is because of guys like him. His signing was heaven-sent, honestly. A superlative player, a total joy to watch.”

Gundogan’s performance went slightly under the radar after another sublime display from Joao Felix, who scored a brace against Antwerp to continue his red hot form since joining Barca on a deadline day on loan from Atletico Madrid. The Portuguese playmaker also provided the assist for Robert Lewandowski’s strike.

The Catalan giants will next face Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.