Barcelona are missing Pedri. The Spaniard has become a key player for Xavi Hernandez‘s team. When he is not there, everything is much more difficult in attack.
The team lacks clarity of ideas in the final third. Someone to break the lines, to play the final pass.
If we add to that the fact that the Canary Islander has taken on an unexpected goalscoring role, it is natural to see that the team is experiencing a drop in performance. It has already cost them three games without a win out of four.
Since they lost Pedri, in the first leg against Manchester United, they have only managed to win one game, the one against Cadiz in LaLiga Santander. The balance is worrying (two defeats, one win and one draw). The most serious of all is that it has cost them elimination from the Europa League.
In LaLiga Santander, the Almeria defeat, although painful, is not too costly for the Blaugrana. Real Madrid‘s draw in the Madrid derby minimises the consequences of that loss.
A long spell out
The problem is that the Catalans have no hope of getting him back in the short term. He will not be available for Thursday’s Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid.
In this time, Xavi has not found a player to replace the Spaniard. He has tried Sergi Roberto and Franck Kessie, but neither of them can match the performance of the Las Palmas youth player.
In the final stretch of the game in Almeria, Xavi tried Pablo Torre. Maybe that’s the way to go in the immediate future. Another thing is whether he dares to do it against Real Madrid.
The precedent of the previous season
Last year, something similar happened. Barcelona‘s season slipped away without Pedri. He had to go off injured at half-time in the game in which they were eliminated in the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt.
In the next league game, in which he was also absent, they lost 1-0 away to Cadiz. Two games later, another defeat against Rayo Vallecano with the Canary Islander on the bench and it was goodbye to the title.