Barcelona coach Xavi has been criticised over his management of Pedri.
Local pundit Edu Aguirre, speaking on El Chiringuito, is baffled over Xavi publicly likening Pedri to his former Barca teammate Andres Iniesta.
“I couldn’t get Xavi’s statements about Pedri out of my head,” Aguirre said.
“Those words really got me thinking. Xavi made a terrible mistake. Just imagine what a boy of nineteen years old when he goes to bed… His trainer says that he is better than De Bruyne, that he is better than Modric and that he is the successor of Iniesta, one of the best athletes in Spanish history, and he says he is the greatest talent in the world…
“Fans say things like that on Twitter, but the trainer…”, continues Aguirre. “The coach is there to keep a player with both feet on the ground. He has to keep the head of a nineteen-year-old boy in order. The trainer must be Pedri’s football father and tell him: ‘When you wake up tomorrow and start training, you train as if you have achieved nothing. That will take you to success.'”
“’You shouldn’t let anyone bite your ear’, they always say. But Xavi is the one who bites the ear off. You just can’t say those things to a nineteen year old.
“Xavi is just raising Pedri badly. Pedri is going to be very good, and he already is. But Xavi can’t just say everything about him. He’s only nineteen! You can say it to a thirty-year-old who has been through it all. Tomorrow he’ll get up and say, ‘I already know everything. Hey, I’m better than Modric, I’m better than De Bruyne, I’m the next Iniesta. Why? That’s what Xavi says.’ Xavi must put him in his place and ensure that he continues to work hard every day. Xavi is making a big mistake.”
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