Among only a handful of positives from the season, we can definitely count the inclusion of teammates into the first-team atmosphere as one. Be it La Masia jewels like Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza, and Ansu Fati, who know and understand the system well, or outsiders like Pedri who have shocked the world with their immense talent.
The 18-year-old has taken the world by surprise in his very first season at the club, going from been deemed as a surplus when Ronald Koeman arrived, to becoming a major peg in the starting XI for Barcelona.
Credit where credit is due, Koeman has done a fantastic job in his integration, easing him in. While it can be claimed that he is overplaying the teenager, Pedri’s performances week after week do enough justice to his starting role. In an interview with Chinese journalists, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Pedri talked about his adaptation to Barcelona, and how he managed to do it with such effortless finesse.
“From the fist day I adapted very well because I am at the club where I wanted to be,” the Spaniard said.
He has previously talked about how joining Barcelona was his dream come true, and how he lucked into joining Barça after Real Madrid rejected him as a pre-teen, in an interview with El Larguero, and relyed by Cadena SER:
“Two or three years ago, I went to Real Madrid for a trial. I was there for a week, but they told me to keep working, that I wasn’t the kind of player they were looking for.”
At 18, it seems like Pedri feels little to no pressure at one of the biggest clubs in the world, with the eye of the world media continually surrounding his every move. It is hardly surprising, though, as he himself said that he would feel more pressure at a university exam than taking a penalty at the Santiago Bernanbeu. We can just hope that day comes soon enough.
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.