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Pedri urges Barcelona to seek victory in El Clasico

Barcelona whizz-kid Pedri is on the verge of missing out on the weekend’s El Clasico against arch-rivals Real Madrid due to a muscular injury.

However, the 20-year-old has backed his side to put the La Liga title race beyond doubt on Sunday with a third consecutive win over Los Blancos.

In addition to urging Xavi Hernandez’s side to pursue three points against Carlo Ancelotti’s high-flyers, Pedri reveals his ambition to lift the league crown for the first time.

“Hopefully, this year we can bring joy to our fans,” he said, as relayed by the Daily Mail.

“They have deserved it for a long time. Barca are used to winning and playing at Camp Nou, so we have to go for the victory.

“For me, it would be a dream to win my first La Liga. Any child dreams of that, and even more so for the club you love. That would be crazy.”

Pedri has been one of Barcelona’s most influential players this season, racking up six goals in 21 appearances in La Liga and soaking up the limelight as the club’s driving force in the midfield.

While having the up-and-coming Spaniard available for the second top-flight El Clasico of the season would be a massive boost for Xavi, he’ll likely have to rely on others to shoulder the creative burden.

The super-talented midfielder has seemingly lost a race against time to regain full fitness ahead of Sunday’s game.

But even in his absence, the Catalans are in a prime position to land an all-important three points.

With nine points separating the sides ahead of the kick-off, Barcelona could all but secure a first La Liga title since 2018/19 by maintaining a flawless home league record this season (W10, D2).

But they are all too aware of a recent home struggle against Madrid, having lost back-to-back league meetings at Camp Nou for the first time in the 21st century.

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