Expect more heroic moments from Pedro

Mustapha "El Loco" Kamaruddin lauds Pedro for his contribution to Barcelona's and Spain's success, and ponders Jose Mourinho's possible replacements.


Pedro, Pedro, Pedro.

Spain fans are grateful to the Barcelona attacker who struck the crucial winner for La Furia Roja or The Red Fury in the 1-0 win over France in a World Cup qualifier in Paris on Tuesday.

That win has put Spain back in the driving seat to finish on top of Group I and that spot to the World Cup in Brazil next year without having to be involved in the play-offs.

Spain now have this useful one-point advantage over the French in the standings with this win.

The fact that Pedro turned out to be the match-winner was not a surprise, really. He is a highly-talented offensive player who can operate along both flanks and also as a No.9.

He normally plays the ball with his left foot although he is right-footed. He is good in positioning himself to get that chance to make an attempt.

Pedro is also capable of making long range attempts which can threaten the opponents’ goal.

Despite being just 25, he already has a proud record of being the first player in history to score in six different official competitions in one season.

It was in the 2009-2010 campaign that he scored in Primera Liga, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup!

For the record, the Tenerife-born Pedro has already scored 12 goals for Spain in 26 appearances.

This 25-year-old attacker was also part of the team who won the World Cup in 2010 and the European championship last year.


Pedro has scored 35 goals for Barca in 127 games since he joined the Catalans in 2008.

Anyway, Pedro suffered a calf injury during his heroic act in Paris and has been ruled out for 10 days.

This means that he will miss Barca's Primera Liga matches against Celta Vigo and Mallorca.

He is already ruled out of the Champions League first leg quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain next week because of a one-match suspension.

But it was worth it.

Barca and Spain fans can surely look forward for more heroic acts from Pedro sooner or later.

Barca teammate and Spain top striker David Villa hailed  Pedro for that historic goal as this was the first time La Furia Roja have won on French soil in a competitive competition.

Villa analysed Pedro's contribution: "He is fantastic at breaking into the box from deep and using the spaces left by the defenders.

"He plays in similar positions for both Barca and the national team, using his speed and directness to exploit any gaps in front of him.

"It’s true he's not having much luck with Barca, but his play is flawless whether he scores or not."

Moving back to the Primera Liga, it looks like manager Jose Mourinho is leaving Real Madrid in the summer - whether they win the Champions League or not.

Reports from England even say that the 'Special One' may well make a return to Chelsea.

With that development, Real directors are considering several big names as candidates to succeed Mourinho.

Punto Pelota reported four names are already on Real president Florentino Perez's shortlist.

They are Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, who has already rejected overtures from Chelsea in recent months.

PSG's Carlo Ancelotti, who is likely to leave France in the summer, is also among the names, having been a long-term target for Florentino.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas and Juventus boss Antonio Conte are the others under consideration inside the Real boardroom.

Villas-Boas maybe?

However, it can’t be certain if the 35-year-old is ready to handle a massive team like Real.

It will be interesting to know who will be the replacement in the end if Mourinho really leaves.