AP Interview: Pedri brings back brilliance to Barça midfield

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — It’s no coincidence that Pedri González conjures up those flashes of exquisite playmaking brilliance that Barcelona fans have been longing for since the days of Andrés Iniesta. The 18-year-old Spaniard who is enjoying an excellent first season at Barcelona grew up absorbing all the Iniesta he could find on TV and the Internet. Now he has become a mainstay in Ronald Koeman’s lineups in his first season at Barcelona. Pedri tells The Associated Press that Iniesta “has been my reference and I have tried to model myself on him.”