Xavi: no player in the world with as much talent as Pedri

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Pedri has received praise from manager Xavi Hernandez after an incredile performance in 4-1 victory over Valencia.

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez praised his youngster Pedri after he scored an incredible goal against Valencia in the La Liga.

The midfielder came off the bench and scored few minutes later after coming in as a substitute in the 4-1 win.

The goal was later taken off Pedri and credited to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who in turn recorded a first hat-trick for his new side, but Xavi was still effusive in his praise of the teenager.

“There is no player in the world with as much talent as Pedri — and he is only 19!” the Barca coach said in his post-game news conference.

“He is absolutely superlative. How he turns, his understanding of space and time and the fact he uses both feet. It is amazing to have him in the team and we must take care of him.

“He came on for half an hour and was important. He makes the difference: in how we play, in the box… he wins balls back. We demanded he shoot more and now he has three goals [since coming back from injury].

“Look, he’s not a normal player. There are very few like him. Perhaps, at his age, he is already the best in the world in his position.”

Sportscliffs reported the reactions on twitter after the young midfielder’s performance in the space of few minutes he came in.

Meanwhile, Aubameyang score an hattrick in that game and has received praise from the manager and teammate.

“Aubameyang’s scored goals throughout his career,” Xavi said. “He’s good in space. He’s mature, intelligent, humble and positive. I am delighted with him. Those goals today will give him a lot of confidence.”

Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets added: “Auba’s worked well since the day he arrived at the start of February.

“He had not played many minutes before arriving and this was just his second start for us, so I hope he can keep helping in this way. He’s a great player, he came for free and it’s luxury to have him here with us.”

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