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Koeman praises 17-year-old Pedri after stunning performance vs Juventus

Alexandre Patanian

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Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona had a great game in Turin. Nevertheless, their best player wasn’t Antoine Griezmann or Lionel Messi, it was a teenager. Pedri, the former Las Palmas gem, has started in the last few games and impressed everyone, especially Koeman. Destroying Juan Cuadrado on his side, Pedri was lively and named Man of the Match.

Ronald Koeman, when asked about his teenager, loved his performance and tipped him to the very top. Labelling Pedri as an impressive player, Koeman surely loved his performance on the left side of the pitch. Pedri kept drifting away from his opposition and left many defenders behind with ingenious pieces of skill. He could’ve had an assist, but the lack of finishing from his teammates was his enemy on Wednesday.

“Pedri is impressive, he has shown his personality even though he’s very young. He will be a great player for Barça.”

Ronald Koeman after Pedri’s performance in Turin

After getting such praise from a club legend, Pedri has to stay on Earth. Indeed, he has been one of the very best talents in world football, but the list of promising 17-year-olds who end up having an indifferent career goes on. If Pedri stays humble, much like Fati, he can become Barça’s future, just like Koeman said.

As a Lebanese teenager who never had the chance to support their local team, I fell in love with the club that was FC Barcelona at the start of the decade. I always was passionate about writing and this is exactly what I am looking for: sharing my insights and opinions on football.

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Dutch legend says Messi and Griezmann are playing like ‘cake bakers’

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In an interview with Ziggo Sport, former Dutch footballer, and coach Marco van Basten talked about the grave situation at Barcelona following their 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in gameweek 10 of La Liga.

Van Basten was, like many other football fans who watched the game against Atletico, of the opinion that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen should have never rushed out of his goal in an attempt to make the desperate clearance. He exclaimed, “…he shouldn’t have done that at all. Unbelievable!”

The legendary footballer also talked about the situation at Barcelona surrounding Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, and the controversy stemming from the comments from Griezmann’s uncle about the club captain. He also made sure to speak about their on-pitch performances, which have been nothing extraordinary.

“Messi and Griezmann are playing badly. They’re playing like cake bakers who don’t know what to do.”

Marco van Basten built on this quote about Messi and Griezmann, saying, “Messi is not happy with the situation at Barcelona. And then also that hassle with Griezmann. It is a chaotic mess. We don’t see the fantastic player and person we know.”

Lionel Messi has not been included in the team to face Dynamo Kyiv tonight, and the burden to create and score will fall on the shoulders of Antoine Griezmann, who spoke to the media in length yesterday about his far-from-ideal time at Barcelona.

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