Sat 18 March 2023 | 17:12

Pedri claims double over Madrid would usher in a new era in La Liga

According to Pedri, Barcelona are on track to win the double this season, and he thinks that it would be a significant change in Spain's leadership

Pedri thinks that if


wins both LaLiga and Copa del Rey this season, it would symbolize the start of a new phase in Spanish football. Currently, Barcelona is leading LaLiga by nine points with 13 games left and will be playing against Real Madrid in a crucial match on Sunday.

Barcelona also has an advantage in their Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid with a goal lead, and they will be facing them again on April 5 for the second leg of the semi-final.

Pedri is among a group of young players who have played a crucial role in Barcelona's success this season, scoring six goals in 22 appearances. Only Robert Lewandowski has scored more goals in La Liga this season.

Despite missing the upcoming Clasico due to injury,


believes that winning both the La Liga and Copa del Rey titles would signal the beginning of a new era for Barcelona.

"The younger generation is coming up at a global level," 

said the midfielder, who was speaking as a global TCL Mobile brand ambassador.

"And as for us, we are seeing many of these young players emerging with a drive to succeed all without fearing the pressure of playing for Barca. If we win those two titles, [a new era in Spain] would be confirmed a little bit.

"For me, it would be a dream to win my first LaLiga. Any child dreams of that, and even more so for the club you love. That would be crazy."

Pedri believes that a victory over Madrid at Camp Nou would put Barcelona in a strong position to win the domestic championship, although he does not think the result will be the deciding factor.

Barcelona have not beaten their rivals at home in five years, making the fixture even more important. The midfielder has called on his teammates to deliver a strong performance for their supporters.

"It’s only three more points,"

he said. 

"It's a huge turning point because it's against a direct rival. It will be a very difficult game, Real Madrid is always a very challenging opponent. Let's see what happens.

"Hopefully this year, we can bring joy to our fans. They have deserved it for a long time. Barca are used to playing and winning at Camp Nou, so we have to go for the victory."

Despite their current strong position in La Liga, Barcelona's season has been disappointing in Europe, as they were eliminated from the Champions League group stages for the second consecutive year, finishing third behind Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, and subsequently knocked out of the Europa League following their play-off loss to Manchester United.

Pedri acknowledges that they were unlucky, but he believes that Barca can put up a better challenge in the Champions League next season.

When asked if they could genuinely challenge for the trophy next season, the 20-year-old said:

"I think yes. Barca must fight for every title, and we have great potential.

"This year, apart from putting in more effort and getting chances until the end, we lacked a little luck in the key moments. Luck was often on the other side, and we suffered because of it

"The level of the teams is much higher. We have had to measure ourselves against very strong teams like Inter, Bayern Munich, Manchester United. They are three of the best teams at the moment. I am convinced that next year, we will perform really well."



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