FC Barcelona: Pedri tells about his crazy year

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Winner of the Kopa trophy, rewarding the best young player of the year, Pedri confided in his express hatching, he who was still only a few months ago a complete stranger.

To think that a little over a year ago, no one knew him. Since then, Pedri has become one of the symbols of a Barça, who seeks to find himself, in addition to being a must in the selection where he reached the semi-final of the Euro and the final of the Olympic Games at the price. a marathon season of 73 matches played (52 in club, 10 with La Roja and 11 with the Olympic team! A record but also a danger for a player, even if he is in the prime of his life. Because it must be remembered, Pedri is only 19 years old and already he shines. Earlier this week, the Canarian lifted the Kopa trophy rewarding the best young player of the year, succeeding Mbappé and De Ligt, after having Already won the Golden Boy. With 89 points, the creator largely dominated his opponents, taking over his closest competitor, Jude Bellingham, at 60 points. The fairy tale continues for the one who put his bags in Catalonia in August 2020 only , with only experience 37 matches played in 2nd division with Las Palmas.

“It was a bit difficult. I arrived when the team was in Final 8 and I was training without the group, just with the new recruits, Francisco Trincao and Matheus Fernandes. It was quite special and unexpected. It’s not what you imagined when you signed to a new club. I was actually nervous about meeting the rest of the team. But, subsequently, the captains, Messi, Busquets, Jordi Alba welcomed me. And there, you completely change the world. If I wasn’t really afraid of being on the sidelines, it was more everyday life that could be a problem. In Las Palmas, nobody stops you in the street for a photo, an autograph, that never happens. Here, it quickly becomes a regrouping. I was shy about becoming a star. I was wondering: “but why do they want a picture with me?” “ wonders the star seed in an interview with France Football this Saturday.

He already impresses everyone

The adaptation was finally very fast. Accompanied by his parents and brother, Pedri quickly found his marks in this new life. And what to say on the ground, where in a few weeks it has become an important part of Ronald Koeman’s system. Scorer for his first in the Champions League against Ferencvaros, he then went on to start even if the club’s results were not always there. His agility and his vista in the midfield impress for such a young element. His risk-taking is often rewarded. He is already compared to his illustrious predecessors, Xavi, who is now his new trainer, and Iniesta. Better still, he seems to have adopted an old-fashioned rhythm, perfectly understanding the requirements of the very high level. The one who is now under contract until 2026 spends more time at the training center and does not hesitate to do a few more physical sessions at home.

It must be said that he was able to draw inspiration from a few models on his arrival such as the Pulga. If Messi is no longer his teammate today, Pedri has a lot of memories in his company. Moreover, when the new PSG player asks him to remember his best game, the Spaniard immediately thinks of the Argentinian. “I have played a lot that remains in my head. But the one against Juve in the Champions League will remain special (2-0 victory for the Blaugranas in the group stage). It was my first tenure. I was discovering the Champions League. In addition, we win and the team has a great game. I try to take advantage anyway. With Leo, it’s easy to have fun. I’ve always said it’s the best in the world. Every time I played with him, I would go look for him. You don’t ask yourself a question, you know he’s going to do things very well. “ It is now a question of freeing himself from his models but that should not be a problem for the chameleon Pedri.

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