Pedri was terrific in Barcelona’s 2-0 Champions League group-stage loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. He’s just about all the time terrific lately: knitting collectively steady possession, urgent neatly and ferociously, discovering the fast cross or transfer that breaks an opposing press or cracks open a packed-in protection, simply usually being cool and picked up and on high of shit always. As a lot as anyone else, Pedri is the explanation why Barça may have and doubtless ought to have carried a one- or two-goal lead into the locker room after a dominating first half, and not any of the explanation why they didn’t.
And! Whereas I’m making shameless excuses for my good-looking younger soccer son: Bayern had already scored each of its objectives by the 63rd minute, when Robert Lewandowski’s one zillionth good one-touch cross of the season discovered Pedri on their lonesome simply outdoors of Bayern’s six-yard field with solely keeper Manuel Neuer to beat. Largely, the unbelievable comebacks don’t occur, which is why they’re unbelievable after they do; in all probability Barcelona was going to lose both manner at that time; in all probability reducing the lead in half would solely have spurred the by-then roaring Germans to hunt and discover a third objective; in all probability nothing that occurred simply then mattered all that a lot, outcome-wise.
And and! Pedri solely discovered himself in that spot to start with as a result of he’d made a nifty little dribble to chop contained in the 18-yard field and draw a trio of Bayern defenders onto himself, after which snuck into the empty area behind them after they all turned to comply with the ball to Lewandowski. That’s to say, his heady motion within the chaos across the field and his near-superhuman mind-meld with Lewandowski—traits which have served Barcelona miraculously nicely on this principally robust early season and (God prepared) ought to supply tons and many cool shit for so long as the 2 of them will be saved collectively—mixed to place my expensive candy lad all by himself, onside, inside point-blank vary of the objective. Which is to say that it was a terrific play, by Pedri, even earlier than Lewandowski’s cross received again to him. All people can simply get off of my boy’s case!
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