Pedri has been one of the best players since the Blaugrana legend took over as permanent manager back in November 2021. The 19-year-old was crucial once again and scored just seven minutes after coming off the bench last night (April 10) to help the Catalans win 3-2 away to Levante.
Speaking after the game, Xavi was reportedly asked if his team suffered from "Pedridependencia" or a dependence on Pedri. He responded in the negative, saying (as quoted by ESPN):
"I wouldn't say that. Look, he's an extraordinary player. Don't skimp on the praise for him. He's a player that excites me and one that can make a difference."
"He's scored a great goal [against Levante], but I don't think there is [a dependence on him]."
Prior to his goal against Levante, Pedri scored the only goal of the game in Barcelona's victory against Sevilla in La Liga. He also netted in the Blaugrana's 2-1 victory away to Galatasaray in the UEFA Europa League to help them move into the quarterfinals of the competition.
Barcelona steal last-gasp win at Levante to reclaim 2nd spot in La Liga
Barcelona fielded a fairly strong side for their match against Levante and were expected to wield control against a side placed 19th in the La Liga standings. However, the hosts started brilliantly, forcing a couple of good saves from Marc-Andre ter Stegen and a goal-line clearance in the first half.
They eventually took the lead seven minutes after the break. Dani Alves brought down Francisco Gomez inside the box and Jose Luis Morales tucked away the spot-kick to make it 1-0.
Just two minutes later, Levante were awarded another penalty when Eric Garcia was adjudged to have used his hand to block a shot. Roger Marti stepped up to take the spot-kick this time but ter Stegen pulled off a fine save to keep his side in the game.
Barcelona got themselves level in the 59th minute when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed home a cross from Ousmane Dembele. They went ahead just four minutes later as substitutes Pablo Gavi and Pedri combined for the latter to score.
But Levante got their third penalty of the match in the 83rd minute when Clement Lenglet tripped Dani Gomez in the area. Gonzalo Melero made no mistake from the spot, coolly slotting home to level the scores once again.
However, Barcelona had the last laugh with substitute Luuk de Jong scoring in injury-time from Jordi Alba's cross to seal the game for his side.
The win took the Catalans back to second place in La Liga, level on points with third-placed Sevilla, who have played one game more.
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