Sunday, June 26

Pedri’s message… to Real Madrid? Some clubs are satisfied with winning…

Pedri has made clear that he prefers Barcelona‘s style of play over other philosophies that may dictate that winning is the priority, even if they are forced to play ugly to achieve it.

The Barcelona midfielder explained Xavi Hernandez‘s model and tactics, also revealing what his coach is asking him to do on the pitch.

“I would try to play my game wherever I was, but it’s true that I would suffer more elsewhere,” Pedri told The Guardian.

“Some clubs are satisfied with winning, however they do it. Barcelona want to win but to do it playing the ball, creating chances, with this idea. I like this football more.

Xavi has a very clear idea, model. He is very clear about what each of us have to do.

“The inside midfielders have to be between the lines, the ball moved from one side to the other. The things he did when he played – and it was spectacular watching him – he tries to inculcate in us.

“The interiores have to hold our position. If you get out of position, then when you lose the ball you can’t press the way you need to: you won’t get there. He also wants the interiores to turn, face the opposition goal.”

Pedri talks about being an Iniesta fan

Xavi is one of the many people who have likened Pedri to former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta. The Blaugrana youngster went on to point out one of Iniesta‘s virtues that he is fond of.

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Iniesta always seemed to be a good person,” Pedri says.

“And he had that calmness to play simply, to make it easier than it is. The way he could leave someone behind with a shift of gear always amazed me.”

Pedri on robotic football

The Barcelona youngster also admitted that, despite football becoming more robotic, he is enjoying being on the pitch.

“Recently, I think there has been a turn towards the player who runs more than the player who is technical, who understands the game,” added Pedri.

“Football is becoming more robotic but there are still those who break that rule.

“I still play to enjoy myself. I always do and that’s the best thing a footballer can do. If you’re enjoying it, you’re going to play much better.”

Time to rest for Pedri

After playing 73 games in the 2020/21 season, Pedri disputed just 12 LaLiga Santander games last term due to injuries.

After the season was over, Luis Enrique didn’t call him up for Spain’s UEFA Nations League games to offer Pedri the opportunity to rest.

“I love playing, but it’s good to rest,” Pedri declared.

“It was crazy and it seemed every game went to extra time too. Every time it happened I thought ‘This can’t be…’

“It all went so fast, but at the end of the season I was very tired.”

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