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Pedri is Spains key against Modrics Croatia

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Pedri is Spains key against Modrics Croatia

Pedri is Spains key against Modrics Croatia

BERLIN, JUNE 14: Spains Euro 2024 hopes have been bolstered by Pedri Gonzalezs return to form and the Barcelona playmaker could prove crucial in their stern opening battle against Luka Modrics dangerous Croatia.
The Real Madrid midfielder, 38, is still the standard-bearer for his country and his midfield duel with Pedri lends a Clasico feel to the heavyweight clash in Berlin on Saturday.
Spain, Croatia, Italy and Albania comprise Group B, the tournaments toughest quartet, but a resurgent Pedri could give La Roja the edge they crave.
Pedri was vital as Spain reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals but repeated hamstring injuries have set his career back in the years since.
In the final weeks of the season and in Spains warm-up friendlies Pedri has shown strong signs of returning to his best.
The midfielder struck twice last week playing in an advanced role as Spain thrashed Northern Ireland 5-1 in their final warm-up friendly.
It opened debate in Spain over Pedris best position, as he sometimes operates deeper in midfield, but coach Luis de la Fuente says he needs the Canary Islander to make the difference in the final third.
"We want him to play closer to the area, between the lines, taking advantage of the final ball. I think we can get a great deal from him," said De la Fuente, grateful for Pedris grit in his fitness battle.
"I thank Pedri, hes an example of overcoming, effort, a school of values (in himself), hes important for everyone."
The coach has been a strong supporter of Pedri and the midfielder revealed with every injury setback, De la Fuente would call to offer support.
The coach says he does not know where Pedris ceiling is and encouraged the midfielder to keep improving.
"Pedri had to find himself, we don know what his best version is because hes so good, he is infinite," added De la Fuente.    —AFP






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