Wednesday, August 4

“Without Koeman, I would not be in the national team”

  • “I believe that I am going to adapt very well to the style of the selection”, indicates to the Barcelona midfield player

A year ago he had not played a game in the First Division and had just made his debut with the Spanish under-19 team. Now he is a fixed in the Barça of Ronald Koeman and he debuts with the absolute to win his place in the Eurocup. Pedri’s journey continues at a dizzying pace, but the young Canarian talent tries to keep his head just as cool on the pitch as he is off.

“If Koeman hadn’t put me on, I wouldn’t be here,” acknowledged the midfielder, essential for the Barcelona coach, who has made him play in all but one of the games this season. At 18, he dribbles through puddles in the press room with the same ease with which he feints rivals on the grass. He avoided getting wet with the continuity of the coach and Messi at Barça, but he appreciated the role that both have played in his growth at the Camp Nou. “Koeman is a coach who has bet on me and I have to be very grateful to him. The rest is not my decision, it must be taken by the people of the club and I have to follow orders. For me he is a great coach to whom I try to return the trust you have placed in me. “

Iniesta’s mirror

He also thanked for the comparisons with Iniesta, his childhood idol, but coincided with Luis Enrique that he must remain himself. “Of course you like to be compared to Iniesta but I have to make my own career.” The magician from Tegueste acknowledged that both the Eurocup and the Olympic Games attract him but he also did not show preferences in this regard. “I don’t choose either one, among other things, because it is not my decision to be in either of the two.”

For now, waiting to see if he can debut now against Greece this Thursday, In his first call with Spain, Pedri tries to immerse himself in the style of the section. “I believe that I am going to adapt very well to the style of the selection”, indicated the Barcelona pearl, that wants to go step by step although it continues climbing steps two by two.

Ansu Fati, best youngster in the world, and Pedri, fourth

Ansu fati He won the NxGn 2021 award on Tuesday, which accredits the best young player in the world. In addition to the forward, who is still recovering from his injury, the Goal sports portal has also honored the Catalans Pedri and Ilaix Moriba. The Canarian midfielder finished fourth, (after Eduardo Camavinga, from French Rennes, and Gio reyna, Borussia Dortmund) while the Hispano-Guinean closed the list of 50 promises.

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