Teenager Pedri had a few things to say concerning the Atletico Madrid defeat. Perhaps because of his age, the new signing looked nothing like his usual self and cracked under pressure. After an underwhelming performance, his coach Ronald Koeman subbed him off for Philippe Coutinho.
“It was a tough game. The oppoonent closed the spaces, and they made things difficult for us. The timing of the goal was bad.”Pedri | POst-match press conference
“Their goal came at a bad time, and we were hurt by it. We have also been unproductive in front of goal for the last few games.”
The goal clearly demoralised the players. After having a decent game, the Catalans sank along with their keeper Marc-André Ter Stegen. The timing of the goal was hurtful, but the way the goal went in was even more dreadful. Also, scoring before the half-time whistle gave Atlético more room to defend in the second half. They had eleven men behind the ball after the restart…
“We must learn from our mistakes to correct them in the future. We knew that this might have happened, so we have to keep improving.”Pedri | Post-match press conference
The fact that a 17-year-old is sent to the press to defend the side like that is not a good look on the veterans. Pedri is a youngster, and he cannot handle all this pressure by himself.
“We have to focus on the Champions league now. It’s still a long league, and I think we can compete.”Pedri | Post-match press conference
The Champions League standings are nice and dandy until you realise Bayern Munich toyed with that same Atlético Madrid side. Barça had their best games under Koeman in the Champions League, but they should not let the league slip for a chance in this competition.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.