Real Madrid tried to adjust their defensive block but this kid can find and cut into opposition weaknesses with the precision of a surgical knife.
He has a vision of the entire opposition defensive structure, finds the place where it leaves the most space, then occupies that space.
And then with perfect body orientation, he makes a first touch lay off pass to a teammate that accelerates the speed at which Barça’s attack moves.
During the start of the game, Real Madrid midfielders and forwards had a clear idea of whom to mark: Vinicius on Mingueza, Benzema on Araujo, Fede alternating between Lenglet and Alba, Kroos on Frenkie, Modrić on Busquets, Casemiro on Messi. But.who was marking Pedri?
Pedri took advantage of this situation, floating around the left halfspace and forcing Casemiro, Lucas, and Modrić into constant decisional crises which often ended up opening spaces for Messi on the other side.
Being the smart cookie he is, Pedri noticed that Messi was getting more and more space between lines, so he started dropping deeper, asking for the ball, and completing line-breaking passes to Messi.
Unsurprisingly, out of all Barcelona midfielders and forwards, Pedri completed the most passes into the final third (9), even more than Messi, Frenkie, or Busquets.
It’s absolute that an 18-year-old can read the game, understand what is happening around him, and provide solutions for his teammates especially for Messi the way Pedri does.
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