Pedri was the hero for Barcelona as they held off Celta Vigo’s LaLiga challenge to win 1-0 on Sunday.
Despite Xavi’s side’s bright, almost bombastic start, the Blaugrana gradually faded in defense of an early lead, eventually escaping with all three points intact.
A week after a similar performance against Mallorca, questions about Barcelona’s prowess may be lingering, despite the fact that they lead the table.
Despite the sting of a Champions League defeat to Inter in midweek, the Catalans were at least back on track.
A dominant start from Barcelona hinted at a blowout scoreline, and Pedri’s poacher’s finish amid defensive disarray in the 17th minute certainly whet the appetite.
But a subsequent struggle to find a second goal before the break did little to dispel a nervous air around Camp Nou, especially with just under a dozen chances otherwise squandered by the hosts.
That gnawing unease manifested itself in a markedly scratchier start to the second half, during which Celta gradually began to impose more of a threat.
Such pressure seemed to tell when Jorgen Strand Larsen headed home with 20 minutes left, but the offside flag spared Barca’s blushes, and from there they held on all the way for a less-than-convincing result.
8 – Pedri has scored eight goals in @LaLigaEN with only 16 shots on target, netting each of his last four made.
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 9, 2022