It does not take a genius to explain that Pedri is a key player for Barcelona, but in his absence, it has been proven just how crucial he is.
Since Barcelona lost Pedri early in their first-leg against Manchester United, the Blaugrana have won just one of those four games, against Cadiz at home.
One draw against United, followed defeat in the second leg, led to another loss against Almeria on Sunday night. Their obscene crossing statistics show the major issues Barcelona have creating without Pedri, and from there the rest of the play seems to deteriorate too.
While it is just four games, two of great difficulty, Barcelona’s goal average has dropped from 2.13 to 1.25, while their average goals conceded has risen from 0.88 to 1.25. As pointed out by Marca, Pedri’s injury against Eintracht Frankfurt essentially ended Barcelona’s season last campaign. Eliminated by the German side in the Europa League, they would go on to lose to Cadiz at home and then Rayo Vallecano two weeks later.
The bad news is that Pedri is not expected to return until the 20th of March, against Real Madrid. Before that tie, the Blaugrana face Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Copa del Rey, then Valencia and Athletic Club before Pedri might be back. These are concerning times for Xavi Hernandez, who must work out how to reduce the impact of his absence.
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Hi Nuala, apologies this was an oversight and we shall take better care going forward. A genuine slip of the mind, it has been changed now, very sorry.
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Litterature is full of metaphores and “offensive” language, not friendly for softer people.
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