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Pedri’s still amazed by Messi’s skills

Thu 08 April 2021 | 3:54

The 18-year-old, who has established himself as a key component of Ronald Koeman's plans, has made 43 appearances in all competitions this season.

In his debut season at Barcelona, the former Las Palmas midfielder has scored three goals and provided six assists, as well as creating 50 goalscoring chances.

However, he admits he’s still amazed by Lionel Messi’s class, who still has the best records at the club despite being aged 33.

"I've said lots of times, when I was young, I supported Barca, and I dreamt of doing what I am doing now," Pedri said.

"I just try and forget that I'm playing alongside Leo, or [Sergio] Busquets, or any of the other incredible players in this team. I just try and forget about all that and imagine I'm playing in the playground back home. That really helps me to enjoy myself more.

"It's really unbelievable but although you've seen Leo Messi on the telly and live in action he still knocks you out with what he does in training sessions. I enjoy every day with him and I try to learn as much as I can from him."

Despite a 3-1 loss in their reverse fixture against Real Madrid, Barcelona head into the upcoming El Classico match as favorites as they bid to catch league leaders Atletico Madrid.

"I think it's super important because of what it means to the fans," Pedri said of the game. "The supporters really love this game and I used to love watching it, too. Now I'm a footballer I'm really looking forward to it, just as I did the first time around.

"It's a crucial game as far as LaLiga's concerned and we've got to do our best to take all three points, that's important for us and the fans. I think like all the Clasicos, it's going to be a tough game. They're a very good team and we've got to play very well if we want the three points. But we're all well prepared and focused and we know what we're up against.

"We never give up as far as the league title's concerned. As always, we're going to battle until the end and I think if we keep on taking the three points, we're going to be right up there at the end of the season."

 


source: SportMob