Pedri is a young lad who takes everything in his stride. This came across in a recent interview with AP News, in which he describes Andrés Iniesta as he role model among several other interesting observations.
Andrés Iniesta, role model
“I always loved Iniesta and his way of playing soccer, because of how he was both on and off the field. He has been my reference and I have tried to model myself on him.”
“The truth is that something must have stuck. I think I have seen all his videos on YouTube. I never missed a game of his, so I guess some of it wears off. Maybe that is something I learned from Andrés, but the truth is that these are things that just happen on the field. If suddenly you hear Leo, you know you have give him the ball because he will create danger and end up scoring like always.
” From since I was little I have had this sense of calm, and I always played like that as a boy in Tegueste (his home town), so why would I change at Camp Nou?”
“One day he pulled me aside and told me that he did not know much about me, that he had barely seen me play, and that I would have to show him what I can do in practice. I drew motivation from that. I knew that I had to work as hard as anyone to win my spot.”
“He gives very valuable advice, on how you have to remained focused, on how to play in the spaces between the defensive and midfield lines. On whether he stays or goes, I don’t get involved in that. That is his decision and the only thing we can do is to help him while he is here, and hope that is for many years to come.”