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The Return of Pedri: Reinforcing Barcelona’s Core

02/04/2024 Act. at 18:25 CET

Xavi Hernández asked for a quality interior for the winter market. Due to ‘fair play’, Barça could only materialize the incorporation of Vitor Roque, although that does not mean that the Catalan coach has not seen his core reinforced. The return of Pedri, who is gradually approaching his usual level, has boosted the team’s performance in the wide area of ​​the field.

The last muscle injury of Tegueste, just before the end of 2023, fueled speculation regarding the former Las Palmas. Pedri was not being able to leave the setbacks behind and he himself admitted that they were not easy times despite putting all five senses into his recoveries.

Since he reappeared, in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against Osasuna, Pedri has not stopped going better. Xavi already pulled him in the final of that same tournament against Real Madrid. Caution regarding the ‘8’ continued to be maximum, hence why he was a substitute against Unionistas in the Copa del Rey. After losing in San Mamés, including extra time, the Egarense reserved Pedri again against Villarreal.

Specific plan to avoid overloading

That intermittency was not a coincidence, but part of a plan agreed between the player and the physical trainers. The idea is do not repeat past mistakes and to be able to dose the player from time to time so that, at least in these first months, he does not reach the limit prematurely in terms of load level. The fact that, unfortunately, Bad experiences are already leading you to listen and know your body more and better..

The certain fear that there could be of a new relapse has surpassed the already most critical phase. Pedri begins to gain rhythm and shooting and now he will have two favorable weeks to continue strengthening muscles. Barça faces two clean weeks, a balsamic margin to insist on the work of injury prevention. It must be remembered that in recent months Pedri has reviewed aspects such as diet or the type of muscular work to minimize the risk of injury.

‘Feeling’ with Gündogan under construction

The challenge in Alavés’ field showed how Pedri is little by little recovering the ascendancy that characterizes him on the field of play. Beyond his criteria with the ball. There, by the way, his chemistry with Frenkie de Jong and especially Gündogan goes further, in Vitoria he could be seen intense in the pressure and stealing several interesting balls. He still can’t complete 90 without showing fatigue, but the coaching staff is convinced that he will arrive at the Napoli clash in San Paolo with full batteries. Without a doubt, a ‘reinforcement’ with maximum guarantees for Xavi.

2024-02-04 17:12:35
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