‘Xavi asks me to play like this’: Pedri reveals manager’s role in Dembele’s goal v Atleti

'Xavi asks me to play like this': Pedri reveals manager's role in Dembele's goal v Atleti

Barcelona defeated Atletico Madrid away 1-0 thanks to Ousmane Dembele’s goal. It was Pedriwho created the goal, running past several Atleti players through the left-centre channel before finding Gavi in the box.

Speaking after the game, the young midfielder highlighted Xavi’s impact on his game that led to Dembouz’s strike.

“I received the ball and saw a large space behind me. I tried to dodge until a player entered in order to pass to him. I saw Gavi and passed to him, and in turn, he passed to Dembele,” Pedri told BarcaTV.

“Xavi always tells me to try to reach the penalty area more, to play one-on-one, to shoot on goal, and to take more risks. Xavi asks me to play like this and the truth is he has a lot of credit for today’s goal.

“With this system of play, I’m closer to the opponent’s area.”

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