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"I have to be Pedri" - Barcelona youngster plays down comparisons with Andres Iniesta

Pedri on the ball during Barcelona
Pedri on the ball during Barcelona's Champions League group stage match against Juventus
Namit Kumar
ANALYST
Modified 25 Mar 2021
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Barcelona youngster Pedri has made a massive mark for Ronald Koeman's side this season, leading to a Spanish national team call-up for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

The 18-year-old has been compared to former Barcelona and Spain legend Andres Iniesta over the past few months, but the youngster himself has shot down any such suggestions.

"I have to be Pedri. It's an honour to be compared to Andres Iniesta," the teenager has responded to comparisons with Iniesta, as reported by Daily Mail.

Pedri has been given a chance with the Spanish national team ahead of their fixtures with Greece, Georgia, and Kosovo, after impressing in 42 appearances for the Blaugrana. The youngster claims that he has settled down well with the senior national team.

"From the first day they've treated me very well," Pedri asserted. "Knowing Jordi [Alba], Busi [Sergio Busquets] and the Under-21 team-mates makes everything easier. I like Luis Enrique's style of play a lot. I hope to learn and adapt well to contribute as much as possible to the national team," he added.

Barcelona's youngsters will always be a part of future plans

Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman

Barcelona have been in the news for all the wrong reasons ever since the 8-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals last year. But after an indifferent start to the season under new manager Ronald Koeman, the Blaugrana look to have settled down now.

They are making a late charge for the La Liga title this season, being only 4 points adrift of league leaders Atletico Madrid.

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A major reason for the remarkable shift in the Nou Camp atmosphere is the incredible performance of Barcelona's youngsters over the past few months.

Ansu Fati and Pedri are now integral to Ronald Koeman's attacking plans. The likes of Francisco Trincao, Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, and Riqui Puig too have featured heavily for the Blaugrana.

With senior members of the squad all reaching the twilight of their careers, the younger players could play a major role in Barcelona's future plans.

Published 24 Mar 2021, 19:57 IST
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