“The result is a little short because we were better in many phases,” added Koeman.

Pedri and Messi played a decisive role in Barcelona’s win

Pedri’s role in Ronald Keeman’s squad is growing. The 18-year-old played a decisive role in Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Athletic Club on Wednesday. The teen nodded in Barcelona’s equalizer at San Mames before teeing up Lionel Messi to score with a fantastic backheel. “Pedri shows that despite his young age, he is very mature,” Koeman said full-time. Messi also played a vital role in the win, scoring a goal in either half to move the joint top of the Pichichi standings in LaLiga. “Messi always showed his game and his hunger, but today he did it with goals,” said Koeman. “He’s so important.” The Barcelona boss also expressed satisfaction with his team’s dominance after initially going behind Inaki Williams’ goal. “The result is a little short because we were better in many phases,” added Koeman.

“They went 1-0 up, and we had no defensive synchronization, but then we controlled the match. I leave happy with this result and how we achieved it. We deserve to win for our game and the opportunities we created. The squad has done a fantastic job.” Barca move into third place in the table with a win and are now seven points behind leaders, Atletico de Madrid. “We’re going to battle until the last game, “Koeman said on the title race. “There is a gap at the top, but we are on the right way.”