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Spain boss Enrique plays down Pedri and Iniesta comparisons

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Despite his raw age, the Spanish international has been a constant bright spark in the middle of the park for Barcelona this season.

Spain boss Luis Enrique has downplayed the recent comparisons between Pedri and Andres Iniesta saying the two players “are different”.

Having impressed with FC Barcelona this season, Pedri received his first senior international call-up ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.

The midfielder is expected to make debut when Spain take to the pitch to face Greece on Thuesday.

However, playing at international level will not be something new for the 18-year-old, having represented Spain at every level from Under-17 to U21.

Pedri’s calmness on the ball, versatility, and attacking play of style have earned him comparisons to club legend Iniesta.

However, just like he himself stated, Enrique insists the youngster should have his own identity despite being aware of why the two players are being linked.

“They are different. I understand the relationship, but Pedri must look like Pedri,” he said via Marca.

“They are identical in the message of humility. Let him grow, make mistakes and improve.”

The Spain boss went on to shed light on the qualities of another player whom he handed a first senior call-up – Bryan Gil. Currently on loan at Eibar from Sevilla, the 20-year-old has emerged as a fine talent.

“I’m liking him a lot. From the first chat: calm, mature… He brings a lot of attacking ability with his right foot or with his natural foot,” Enrique added.

“He’s causes problems for the opposition, he has a shot, he plays well under pressure… He’s going to do the same [with Spain] as in his team. I have no doubts.”