FC Barcelona coach Quique Setién spoke in the press conference ahead of the La Liga game. The coach hinted to La Masia gem Riqui Puig‘s start tomorrow and praised his hard-working attitude.
“During my time here, Riqui has progressed a lot. His attitude was always to work hard, but there were also things that he had to change to adapt to the team. It is a process. It might be a good time for Riqui to start a game tomorrow.“, told Setién.
Setién also explained his thoughts about the upcoming game:
“Celta Vigo have a lot of talent in attack. Celta have not conceded a goal in their last three games. It shows they are in a good form. They know what they do with the ball and they have the inspiration that makes them different. They’re smart, in principle it will be a complicated game and I hope to win, but it will be difficult.”, said Quique Setién
The coach also believes that the league is not over yet, and thinks that Real Madrid will drop points eventually:
“I’m convinced that Madrid will not win all their remaining games, anything can happen.”
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.