Pedri reveals why he wants to stay at Barcelona
Pedri has admitted that Barcelona’s ambition to play beautiful football matches with his style of football. The Spanish young player has already established himself as an important player for both club and country, forcing Barcelona manager Xavi to deny that he was suffering from Pedridependencia – a play on a term that used to refer to the team’s reliance on Lionel Messi.
Pedri revealed to The Guardian that the flexibility given to Barcelona’s midfielders has helped him reach his current level. “I would try to play my game wherever I was, but it’s true that I would suffer more elsewhere,” Pedri said.
“Some clubs are satisfied with winning, however they do it. Barcelona wants to win but to do it playing the ball, creating chances, with this idea. I like this football more.
“Xavi has a very clear idea, model: he is very clear about what each of us have to do: the inside midfielders have to be between the lines, the ball moved from one side to the other.
“The things he did when he played – and it was spectacular watching him – he tries to inculcate in us. The interiors have to hold our position. If you get out of position, then when you lose the ball you can’t press the way you need to: you won’t get there. He also wants the interiores to turn, face the opposition goal.”
Pedri also talked about what makes him play a different style of football than his mates. “It’s having confidence in yourself,” he added. “You don’t have time to think but it’s trusting your ability, and you can tell when you don’t have that. It’s brave, too, to be physically strong, to take those risks; that’s not easy either.
“But it’s a different type of bravery. In the middle of the pitch, when the game’s at its worst, you have to have the confidence to ask for the ball and the trust to keep it.
“Recently, I think there’s been a turn towards the player who runs more than the player who is technical, who understands the game.
“Football is becoming more robotic but there are still those who break that rule. I still play to enjoy myself. I always do and that’s the best thing a footballer can do. If you’re enjoying it, you’re going to play much better.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona are hoping to improve their squad ahead of next season. The Spanish giants finished last season without a trophy for the first time in many years.