Barcelona midfield prodigy Pedri celebrates his 20th birthday today. The former Las Palmas wonderkid has enjoyed a rapid growth in stature over the past couple of years, firmly establishing himself as one of the best young midfielders in the game.
Pedri’s quality was visible for everyone in Spain’s FIFA World Cup 2022 opener against Costa Rica earlier this week. The Barcelona ace shone brightly for the duration he was on the pitch and spoke about the imposing 7-0 win in an interview with COPE.
“When you touch the ball 300 times in a match, you enjoy it and if you score the goals you have, even more,” Pedri said about Spain’s victory. “In the first five minutes, I knew we were playing a great game and that we were going to win.”
A key player for both Barcelona and Spain, the 20-year-old prodigy highlighted the differences in the style and the role he has to play at the club and international levels, saying:
“We have a different nuance, at Barça we stay more between the lines, where we can score more goals and assists, but here we play a lot more with the ball.”
When probed as to where he enjoyed playing more, Pedri replied: “I enjoy playing football in both teams, I always enjoy playing football and more in Barça, the team of my dreams, and in the national team. I couldn’t choose.”
Pedri was making his World Cup debut against Costa Rica and given the stage, nerves are common for a young player. But, the Barcelona ace insisted that he felt fine and added that his captain Sergio Busquets helped him in that regard.
“No, I thought I would be more. Busquets told me and Gavi to be calm, he gave us a mini-talk the day before when we went out to warm up, to be calm, not to look at everything that is going on before the game,” he said.
“Those words from the captain reassure you. He was very calm, you could see on the pitch that we were enjoying ourselves.”
The chat then moved to Pedri’s fellow midfield partner Gavi, who in a recent interview…
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Author : Michel Durant
Publish date : 2022-11-25 08:50:57
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