Pedri | Barcelona player

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I see a lot of people compare him to Iniesta but to me their playstyle are very different. Iniesta was a lot more nimble and agile so he was a much better dribbler. His main strength was to carry the ball forward. From the Barça youngsters, Gavi seem to fit that profile a lot more.

Pedri has other strengths. He is very good at receiving passes between the lines, and disrupt the opposition from that position through his passing. You won't see him go on crazy runs like Andrès used to do.
His qualities make him more of a controller, rather than a disrupter. So, when i watch him play, he reminds more of Xavi rather than Iniesta.
I think he is more of a Cazorla/David Silva than either Xavi or Iniesta. As he is already much more of a penetrating dribbler than Xavi, while ofcourse he isn't Iniesta, nobody is. Iniesta was arguably the best dribbler not named Messi in past decade and more.
 

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I think he is more of a Cazorla/David Silva than either Xavi or Iniesta. As he is already much more of a penetrating dribbler than Xavi, while ofcourse he isn't Iniesta, nobody is. Iniesta was arguably the best dribbler not named Messi in past decade and more.
I kind of agree with you. Defensively, however, Pedri is much more intense than either of those two players. He and Gavi, despite how talented they are, work really hard on the pitch. I wouldn't swap any of them for a player like Neymar.
 

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I kind of agree with you. Defensively, however, Pedri is much more intense than either of those two players. He and Gavi, despite how talented they are, work really hard on the pitch. I wouldn't swap any of them for a player like Neymar.
Carzola was pretty good defensively at different points in his career.
 

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I kind of agree with you. Defensively, however, Pedri is much more intense than either of those two players. He and Gavi, despite how talented they are, work really hard on the pitch. I wouldn't swap any of them for a player like Neymar.
Not disagreeing with you about trading them for Neymar, but he's a hard-worker himself, no doubt about it.
 

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I see a lot of people compare him to Iniesta but to me their playstyle are very different. Iniesta was a lot more nimble and agile so he was a much better dribbler. His main strength was to carry the ball forward. From the Barça youngsters, Gavi seem to fit that profile a lot more.

Pedri has other strengths. He is very good at receiving passes between the lines, and disrupt the opposition from that position through his passing. You won't see him go on crazy runs like Andrès used to do.
His qualities make him more of a controller, rather than a disrupter. So, when i watch him play, he reminds more of Xavi rather than Iniesta.
Yeah, I see him as more of a controller as well. But the thing is he's a deceptively good dribbler. You can't get the ball off him.
 

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Midfielder of the decade :( :( :(
Since the decline of Xavi and Iniesta yours has been comfortably the best midfield in the world, and particularly Modric has been incredible and very close to best player in the world in terms of influencing games and making the team play, all the while you won UCLs for fun. Don't think you can complain, can you? :lol:
 

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He’s just one of those central midfielders who just knows how to play with the ball. It’s effortless. Hoping that ten Hag gets us one of these types at some point for midfield.
 

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He’s just one of those central midfielders who just knows how to play with the ball. It’s effortless. Hoping that ten Hag gets us one of these types at some point for midfield.
The most terrifying quality is that he also just knows how to play without the ball
 

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Why is it Spain manages to produce these type of players more than anywhere?
 

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He’s just one of those central midfielders who just knows how to play with the ball. It’s effortless. Hoping that ten Hag gets us one of these types at some point for midfield.
He’s incredible. I’d want a player like this instead of Bellingham if possible, who I’m not totally convinced by yet. That said, I’m not sure if we’d get a player like this who is of superior quality to Jude. We won’t get Pedri or Gavi after all. But in terms of style, I’d pick Pedri over Jude any day.
 

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Why is it Spain manages to produce these type of players more than anywhere?
I would guess something to do with how training is done over there and what is coached to the players. It's not like it's restricted to the top clubs, even the smaller spanish clubs play really technically sound football. The technical level and football intelligence of the players in La Liga is higher than any of the other leagues IMO
 

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Of all the young midfielders, Pedro is clearly the best, for me. Technically he’s close to perfect, his decision making is extremely good, and he’s very good without the ball.
 

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Barca have incredibly found Xavi(Gavi) and Iniesta (Pedri) all over again. All that's missing us unearthing a Busquets....
Actually I think both are rather similar to Iniesta than Xavi. Pedri is extremely close while Gavi dribbles even more and less about controlling the midfield. But yes, a decade down the road and they might be similarly accomllished.
 

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He’s incredible. I’d want a player like this instead of Bellingham if possible, who I’m not totally convinced by yet. That said, I’m not sure if we’d get a player like this who is of superior quality to Jude. We won’t get Pedri or Gavi after all. But in terms of style, I’d pick Pedri over Jude any day.
I agree with this sentiment. I think our next [major] step to return to being a tier 1 team is to be able to take the game to our biggest opponents; to win possession and midfield battles through time on the ball and forcing the ball to stay in certain zones of the pitch. Whilst our recent wins against Liverpool and Arsenal were admirable, they were short-term plaster wins that long term shouldn't be our main plan of action in these games. Player in the ilk of Pedri are the type of profile this team is massively missing, and what I hope ten Hag starts targeting next.

I'm not super convinced by Bellingham, personally, but that's just an aside. Clearly very talented, but I don't like the idea of a 100m+ valuated midfielder being a jack of all trades. I need some specialism in my teams.
 

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I agree with this sentiment. I think our next [major] step to return to being a tier 1 team is to be able to take the game to our biggest opponents; to win possession and midfield battles through time on the ball and forcing the ball to stay in certain zones of the pitch. Whilst our recent wins against Liverpool and Arsenal were admirable, they were short-term plaster wins that long term shouldn't be our main plan of action in these games. Player in the ilk of Pedri are the type of profile this team is massively missing, and what I hope ten Hag starts targeting next.

I'm not super convinced by Bellingham, personally, but that's just an aside. Clearly very talented, but I don't like the idea of a 100m+ valuated midfielder being a jack of all trades. I need some specialism in my teams.
I'm with you on this, I know a lot of fans fancy Bellingham but I don't see him as the profile to target. The De Jong, Pedri types those who are specialist in possession is what we require. We have Zidane Iqbal who I'm hoping once given an opportunity would seize it, but if not so then someone else with a similar profile. For now Eriksen is doing a good job and Bruno is adapting.
 
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