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World CupPedri thinks Spain are favorites for the World Cup 2022

Pedri thinks Spain are favorites for the World Cup 2022

According to Pedri, Spain, under Luis Enrique, is one of the favourites to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Since winning the World Cup in 2010, La Roja has had two unsuccessful World Cup campaigns.

They losing in the group stage in 2014 and then lost in the last-16 penalty shootout to hosts Russia four years later.

The emergence of numerous young players, notably Pedri and fellow Barcelona midfielder Gavi, has allowed Luis Enrique to revive the possession-based style of play that Spain became famous for under Vicente del Bosque.

In two months, Spain will start their world cup journey against Costa Rica.

Pedri does not see any barriers preventing the class of 2022 from winning a second World Cup.

He told Sport:

“Perhaps people don’t expect so much from us and don’t see us as favourites.

“But inside, we do see ourselves as favourites.

“We will not wear the medal without doing anything. If we work as we should, the opportunity will come.

“There is always pressure at Barca and the national team. You have to try to escape, be calm and enjoy.

“Here and at Barca, we have a team for everything. We work so that we can win everything we play at the end of the season.”

Although Pedri won’t be 20 until November, he has already accrued 12 caps for the senior national team and solidified his position as an essential member of Barcelona.

Asked whether he saw himself as a future Ballon d’Or winner, Pedri said:

“I hope I have the opportunity to be; it is a highly complex prize.

“You must be the best in the world, and I have a lot to learn and improve so that this day can come.

“I worked a lot on the physical side and still have to improve.

“But little by little, I am adding small things.

“You can’t put so much daily because of the busy schedule, but you can always improve.”

At the club level, Pedri and Robert Lewandowski, who Barcelona just signed, have a great working relationship because of Lewandowski’s eight goals in six games, which have enabled Xavi’s team to start LaLiga undefeated.

Pedri said of the Poland international:

“It’s crazy, and he contributes a lot of goals and assists. He’s a machine in the area.

“It is spectacular to work with him, and he helps young players who enter now or have been there for more years. He suits us very well.”

Spain’s last two games in Group A2 of the Nations League this month are against Switzerland and Portugal.

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