clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Luis Enrique praises ‘unique’ Pedri ahead of Spain’s clash with Croatia

New, comments

The Barcelona midfielder is ‘totally different’

Spain v Poland - UEFA Euro 2020: Group E Photo by Aitor Alcalde - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Spain boss Luis Enrique has once again praised Barcelona midfielder Pedri ahead of the team’s last 16 clash with Croatia at Euro 2020.

Pedri has started all three of Spain’s games so far and looks set to continue in the starting XI on Monday against the 2018 World Cup finalists.

Lucho explained why Pedri is so important to his team and also reckons he’s a dab hand at table tennis too.

“There are times when facts define a situation much better than words,” he said.

“Pedri is a unique player, totally different to what else we have. He can seem a shy player, but he has humour. He’s even a breath of fresh air when he plays table tennis and from what I’ve seen he’s very good at that too.”

Source | Sport

Atletico Madrid captain Koke also spoke about Pedri at the news conference and praised the youngster’s maturity.

“I am surprised by how mature he is at 18 years old . And that he is a starter at Barça and in the Spanish national team. He has a lot of quality and he is going to be a very important player for Spain. In the present and in the future.”

Spain started the tournament with disappointing draws against Sweden and Poland but hit form last time out with a 5-0 demolition of Slovakia. Meanwhile, Croatia lost to England, drew with the Czech Republic and beat Scotland in Group D.