Pedri González is a breath of fresh air at FC Barcelona. This young 17-year-old soccer player from UD Las Palmas he is wowing the fans and counting on Koeman’s confidence. The Canarian player analyzes in Sport and Mundo Deportivo his first months as a Barça player, an entity to which he has adapted perfectly. So much so that he almost feels like one more youth squad.
“Sometimes I feel a bit canterano because I have lived with Barça since I was little and that fits you ”, Pedri explains in Mundo Deportivo and then adds that he has achieved his goal of playing with Messi: “Playing with Messi is another roll. We know what Messi does on the pitch, it only remains to enjoy him and learn everything he can. The first time I saw him he said ‘Welcome, enjoy’. From then on I let out my breath and said to myself: ‘OK, now let’s play.’
On the day of his debut, Pedri also received a message from Iniesta, something that moved him despite the fact that “I haven’t been able to talk to him yet, but that message left me with my mouth open. I hope I have the pleasure of being able to meet him personally one day ”.
Regarding Koeman, Pedri assures that “He is a coach who puts a lot of intensity into it. I personally like it a lot for that, in the quick pressing after losing the ball, it is seen that he takes care of all the details. I am very much the same and that is why I like him a lot. He makes a lot of us in that. Especially in quickly recovering the ball when you lose it to be able to attack again with the other dislocated teams and to be able to do much more damage ”.
Pedri also highly values the reception of the most veteran of the team: “Everyone has been very good to me. I can’t keep any of them because everyone asks how I’m doing, if I need anything … But yes that with the one that I have had more affinity is with Trincao because when we arrived we were training alone for the Covid issue, we arrived just at the same time and we were in the same hotel “.
What Pedri is very clear about is that you don’t have to look at the age of the players to put them on the pitch.“If the player surrenders when, it doesn’t make sense. Look at the example of Ansu Fati. If you put it and score two goals, you have to keep putting it. Age is a number and if you have talent you have to play. In football it is better to have a head and think one second before the other and anticipate what the rival is going to do. If I had to choose, I’d rather have a head than a muscle, ”he says.