Barcelona double would represent a new era in Spain, says Pedri

By Sports Desk March 18, 2023

Pedri believes that Barcelona completing the LaLiga and Copa del Rey double this season would represent the start of a new era in Spain. 

The Blaugrana are nine points clear at the LaLiga summit with 13 matches remaining ahead of Sunday's blockbuster clash with second-placed Real Madrid.

Xavi's side are also a goal to the good in their Copa del Rey semi-final with Los Blancos, who they face in the second leg on April 5.

Pedri, 20, is one of several youngsters to play an instrumental role for Barca this season, scoring six times in 22 appearances with only Robert Lewandowski (15) netting more in the Spanish top flight.

And the midfielder, who will miss the latest Clasico after suffering an injury setback, feels a Barca double would represent a changing of the guard.

"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."

Barca would take a giant step towards domestic glory with victory over Madrid at Camp Nou, where the Blaugrana have not beaten their rivals in five years.

While Pedri does not think the result will determine the destination of the title, he has urged his team-mates to deliver for the 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 favourable position, it has been another disappointing campaign for the club on the European front.

Barca were eliminated from the Champions League group stages for the second successive year – finishing third behind Bayern Munich and Inter before bowing out of the Europa League following their knockout play-off defeat to Manchester United.

Pedri thinks fortune went against the Blaugrana, but is confident they can provide a greater challenge in Europe's premier club competition next term.

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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