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- Barcelona youngster Pedri will not be available for Sunday night’s El Clasico
- However, the Spain international is backing his team-mates to beat Real Madrid
- He also revealed his ‘dream’ of winning a LaLiga title with the Catalan outfit
Pedri might have lost his fitness battle for fitness to star in Sunday night’s El Clasico title decider against Real Madrid, but he is backing Barca team-mates to beat their arch rivals before going on to win a sixth Champions League trophy next season.
The Catalan giants can go 12 points clear with just 12 games to play and effectively seal the deal on a first league crown in four years at the Camp Nou.
But even a first championship medal for the talented youngster will not satisfy the Spain international tipped to dominate the game in Spain for years to come.
‘Hopefully this year we can bring joy to our fans,’ he said. ‘They have deserved it for a long time. Barça are used to winning and playing at the Camp Nou, so we have to go for the victory.
‘For me it would be a dream to win my first LaLiga. Any child dreams of that, and even more so for the club you love. That would be crazy.’
Pedi, who also revealed he dreamt of being a firefighter BEFORE he became a global football superstar, seems he might have lost his fitness battle to start in what would be a first home win for Barca against Madrid in almost five years.
But he is backing Xavi’s latest generation of young talent to get the win and proceed to dominate both domestically and in Europe.
Speaking as a global TCL Mobile brand ambassador, the attacking midfielder has also targeted next month’s second leg Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid as a fixture to feature in.
He added: ‘The younger generation at Barça is coming up at a global level.
‘We are seeing many of these young players emerging with a drive to succeed all without fearing the pressure of playing for Barça. If we win those two titles it would be confirmed a little bit.
‘The Champions League is the trophy that everyone wants, but LaLiga is also exceptionally important, as it rewards those who were most consistent. That makes it challenging.’
Asked if they can then bounce back from this season’s Europa League disappointment when they lost to Man United by winning the Champions League next season, he stated: ‘I think ‘yes’.
‘Barça must fight for every title, and we have great potential. This year, apart from putting in more effort and getting chances until the end, we lacked a little luck in the key moments. Luck was often on the other side and we suffered because of it
‘Xavi, since his arrival he told us that Barça is about winning titles, it’s what people are used to and what we like to do. We are all pushing in the same direction.’
Pedri has missed the two cup games against Manchester United and Real Madrid as well as LaLiga clashes against Almeria, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao and believes his side’s success in his absence dispels the theory Xavi’s’ side are over dependent on him.
He explained: ‘I don’t think there’s ‘Pedri-dependence’, it’s just coincidence. The team is ready to play without me, the whole squad is ready to compete. It has simply coincided like this.
‘I don’t like ratings. If you don’t win everything you can always improve somewhere. I think winning LaLiga and Supercopa would be a good year, especially if you look back to where we came from in the last seasons. If so, we will work next year to win more titles.’
The kid from the Canary Islands has an eye-watering £1BN buyout clause and would walk into any club in the world that could afford him but his surprise admission is that football was never his first love.
He revealed: ‘When I was little, I always told my family that I wanted to be a firefighter. I knew that would be a tough job because you have to train a lot and the exams to get a place are complicated, but I wanted the challenge.’
Pedri was speaking as a global TCL Mobile brand ambassador. #InspireGreatness tcl.com/global/en/mobile