Hanging from Pedri

Barça broke without the canary, who showed that, to this day, he is the few players capable of giving identity to a team that Koeman unbalanced in the last quarter of an hour.


Although it is completely unacceptable when it comes to the highest paid squad in the world, the truth is that Barça finished making papers this Sunday when Koeman happened to replace Pedri. On the one hand, it can be thought that if this Barça does not give a 1-0 against Cádiz to endure a quarter of an hour for dispensing with an 18-year-old boy, it is that their soccer players have no forgiveness. On the other hand, it is worth wondering if Koeman's change was appropriate. Because for ten minutes Barça played with four forwards (Trincao, Braithwaite, Messi, Dembélé). Riqui Puig's departure did not fix anything either. He lacks the innate talent Pedri has to know what the game requires at all times, whether to speed up or stop.

Pedri left without physical problems, although somewhat exhausted as well. His rate of participation since he took office is dizzying. He has played minutes in every league match and has gone from being a complementary player to an essential footballer. Almost everything that Barça did in the game against Cádiz came out of their boots. He caused the penalty that Messi transformed and in the second half a memorable pass was invented that the Argentine, less successful than on other occasions, sent to the clouds with his right.

The change of Pedri also exposed the terrible shortcomings of Barça. No substitute improved what was in the field, and it was already being little. Pjanic has arrived in physical conditions and intensity in unacceptable matches to play for Barça; Braithwaite does not have the entity to play as a forward in an entity of this requirement; and Riqui and Trincao wasted their minutes. Of course, you also have to understand that two very young players who are barely 20 years old have more in their minds wanting to demonstrate things to the coach than to think about what is best for the team at all times. Pedri, meanwhile, can take care of himself. Because if he is not injured, two busy weeks of soccer await him.

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