Barcelona boss Xavi does not regret making Pedri-Iniesta comparison
Xavi recently compared Pedri to Barcelona great Andres Iniesta, but he has no regrets over making those comments.
Pedri will only be further motivated by comparisons to Andres Iniesta, so says Barcelona boss Xavi.
Blaugrana great Xavi referenced his former team-mate Iniesta while lauding Pedri in midweek.
Pedri has previously drawn comparisons to Iniesta due to his silky footwork and neat passing ability, but Xavi did not hold back in enthusing over the teenager's talent following a wonderful showing in Barca's 4-0 win over Athletic Bilbao last week.
"How [Pedri] understands the game, it's wonderful to watch him play," Xavi told reporters after that game. "He reminds me a lot of Andres Iniesta, I haven't seen many talents like that."
Next up for Barca is a trip to Elche on Sunday, and Xavi was pressed on his comments on Pedri in the pre-match news conference.
While regretting any criticism that has come about since he made those comparisons, he believes they are fully justified.
"It came naturally to me to compare him to Iniesta," Xavi said.
"He reminds me of him, he keeps reminding me of him, I don't think differently. [But] I feel bad about the criticism."
Iniesta won nine LaLiga titles with Barca and was a key part, along with Xavi, of the treble-winning sides of 2009 and 2015.
The midfielder also won the Champions League four times and was twice a European champion with Spain. That is without mentioning his match-winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, Spain beating the Netherlands 1-0.
Xavi, however, does not believe Pedri is afraid of being compared to one of the modern-day greats.
"Iniesta is the greatest talent I've seen in the history of Spanish football, that I've ever seen," Xavi added.
"This will motivate Pedri. I'm not afraid and neither is he. He's a very normal guy."