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Barcelona youngster Pedri is an “everyday luxury,” says Torres

Working alongside Pedri is a treat for Ferran Torres, who believes the Barcelona youngster is already one of the world’s best players.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 03: Pedro 'Pedri' Gonzalez  of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring his side's first goal with his team mates during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on April 03, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
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Pedri is among the best players in world football, so says his Barcelona club-mate Ferran Torres. Barça midfielder Pedri is enjoying another fine season after his breakout campaign at Camp Nou in 2020-21. Though the early part of his season was hindered by injury, Pedri has emerged as a crucial figure as Xavi has rejuvenated Barca since taking over from Ronald Koeman.

Having missed the final three months of 2021, Pedri’s 2022 has been brilliant so far, and he scored an exquisite goal against Sevilla in a 1-0 LaLiga win on Sunday. The 19-year-old Spain international also netted against Galatasaray to help Barca progress to the Europa League quarter-finals, with Eintracht Frankfurt next up.

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Speaking ahead of Thursday’s clash in Germany, Torres said that is a “luxury” to play alongside such a talent.

“It doesn’t surprise us,” Torres told a news conference when asked about Pedri’s form. “Seeing him every day is a luxury, he has great quality and how he’s handling it, with humility.”

Xavi exuding confidence to Barça players

Torres also spoke glowingly of coach Xavi, whose team are unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions and are now up to second in LaLiga.

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Xavi has transmitted his confidence to me from the first day. I’m in good shape and helping the team,” the former Manchester City forward added.

Barca are facing Frankurt for the first time in their history. The Bundesliga club have never lost at home in major European competition in the quarter-finals and beyond (P16 W12 D4 L0) – this is the most such games any side has ever played in major European competition without being defeated.

And Torres insisted overconfidence will be no issue.

“The coach makes it clear to us that we have to go game by game because if you lose tomorrow, nobody remembers the dynamic. Humility, work and desire to achieve victory,” he said.

“It is the first step to fight for that Europa League and we will do everything on our part to achieve it.”


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