Tuesday, August 3

Luis Enrique calls Pedri for the selection


  • “He is an ambitious player, but he has great calm and great balance. He is placed in a spectacular way,” says the coach of the young Canarian

  • “I don’t care how old they are, I just look at their performance. I stick to that,” said the coach.

  • The technician allows the return of the left-handed back in the triple duel for the World Cup in Qatar-2022

  • Bryan Gil, the Eibar striker, and Pedro Porro, Sporting Lisbon’s right-back, are the other novelties

  • Robert Sánchez, the Brighton goalkeeper, is the big surprise since he occupies the Kepa square

The journey, the incredible journey of Pedri it does not have an end. Luis Enrique He has also been captivated by the excellent performance of the young 18-year-old midfielder. And he has cited him for the triple duel that the Spanish team will have (Thursday 25 against Greece, Sunday 28 in Georgia and Wednesday 31 against Kosovo), corresponding to the qualifying phase of the World Cup in Qatar-2022.

Pedri is the great novelty of the 24-player roster. But not the only one. Luis Enrique also recovers Jordi Alba, which returns to the national team for the second time since it is directed by the Asturian. Busquets He keeps his place with Spain intact, completing the Barça representation.

“We have seen that Pedri has the ideal conditions in the center of the field to be able to play a good role in defense and attack. I really want to see him with us and in our context,” said Luis Enrique about the boy who has amazed Koeman.

“He is an ambitious player, but he has great calm and great balance, with the great humility that he shows. He is placed in a spectacular way. He can bring us many things. And I want to highlight the great defensive and offensive balance that he has,” he commented the coach, who has taken six players from the under-21 team.

“I take this opportunity to apologize to Luis because he took players away from him and he has to work like that,” said Luis Enrique about his colleague De La Fuente, the U21 coach. “I do not care how old they are, it depends only on their performance. I would be lying if I said that from the absolute level I am trying to build a quarry because I only stick to performance,” stressed the Asturian coach.

But in that relationship there are many more novelties, starting with Robert Sanchez, the Brighton goalkeeper (23 years old, who occupies the place of Kepa, the Chelsea goalkeeper. In defense, the big news is the inclusion of Pedro Porro, the former Girona player, who is shining as a right back at Sporting de Portugal.

In the midfield, the figure of Pedroi, while Bryan gil, the forward who has loaned Sevilla to Eibar, sneaks into that rejuvenated list that Luis Enrique has provided, a sign of where his plans are going for the next European Championship.

He maintains his trust in Eric García, despite the fact that he does not enter into Pep Guardiola’s plans

And it continues to lead to Eric Garcia, the young Manchester City center-back, despite the fact that he has not been part of Pep Guardiola’s plans lately, assumed as the manager has that he wants to play for Barça next season. “Eric Garcia is not playing much, but it is due to a professional situation. But we have a blind confidence in him and I believe that he can help us a lot in the national team.”

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In that sense, he does not look at the teams in which his footballers play. “I do not pay attention to that. I do not select trying to please, or trying to make them go more. I do not know which club they come from more,” he said when he was reminded that there is only one from Madrid in that relationship. “Of the Barça, three? It has coincided. I do not pay attention to that, it is indifferent to me”.




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