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Pedri talks Xavi, Lewandowski, Inter Milan controversy

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Barcelona’s recent 1-0 defeat at the hands of Inter Milan could prove to be quite controversial in their bid to book a place in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.

However, the result of the game could have ended up very differently had it not been for a few controversial decisions from the referee Slavko Vincic.

With Barcelona trailing 1-0, Denzel Dumfries appeared to have handled the ball inside the penalty area to head the ball away from Ansu Fati. But even after a VAR check, the referee did not award any penalty.

Earlier, the referee had also ruled out Pedri’s goal as Fati had handled the ball during the build-up. The decision irked Xavi, who was later booked, although that did not deter the Barcelona coach from asking the referee to explain himself after the blunders at Giuseppe Meazza.

Now, it appears even Pedri has spoken on the issue, stating (h/t Diario SPORT): “Everybody saw the Inter thing”. The midfielder was referring to the incident where his goal was ruled out due to Fati’s handball during the build-up, but the referee did not penalise Dumfries’ handball later.

However, Pedri has no plans to obsess over the decision and wants to focus on the coming matches at hand, including the reverse fixture against Inter Milan.

The Spanish international believes Barcelona have what it takes to turn things around and come out victorious when they host the Italians later this month. “We will try everything to win and take the three points”, he said.

Pedri went on to stress the importance of new signings this season and the quality they have brought to the table, adding: “The signings have given us a lot of gunpowder up front and solidity behind”.

The midfielder praised Lewandowski, in particular, commending him for his fitness even at the age of 34. “It’s crazy how he trains and plays. He works like a 19-year-old boy. He has clear ideas and has given me a lot of confidence. He wants to win things here.”

Barcelona are slated to face Inter in the reverse fixture on October 12, but with the game being followed up by El Clasico, it will be interesting to see how Xavi looks to shuffle his pack, especially in the midst of a tightly packed schedule.

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