Spain manager Luis Enrique believes that Spanish wunderkind Pedri is better than what iniesta was at the same age. Spain lost out to Italy in the semifinal of Euro 2020 via the penalty shootout. Pedri played each and every minute of Spain’s campaign and did not put a foot wrong. He completed the most passes in the final third compared to any other player in Euro 2020. Pedri is the favorite to win ‘Young Player of the Tournament.
“It’s unique what Pedri has done. People have not seen anything like this before, never. Andres Iniesta was not like this at 18-years-old,” Luis Enrique said talking about Pedri. “We have another 18-year-old in Ansu Fati to come back to. We have to look after these young players.”
His performances have drawn praises from all corners of football. Former prodigy Cesc Fabregas is in awe of his performances in the tournament. He believes that his confidence will be the main trait in his career.
“He started a little slow but like the team, he is growing into a tournament,” Fabregas said. “He played a fantastic season for Barcelona. He is only 18, we cannot forget that. He is a special talent and I think he will be a special talent in the near future.”
“What I like is the confidence that he has got. He was always asking for the ball. Okay, sometimes he can be better, sometimes he can make other decisions but I believe that he is showing always for the ball.” he added. “In difficult moments he is there to be available and this is what I like. It is his personality.”