Carragher brands Pedri 'player of the tournament so far' at World Cup

Jamie Carragher brands Pedri the World Cup’s ‘player of the tournament so far’ – just 15 MINUTES into Spain’s opening fixture against Costa Rica – after the Barcelona youngster helped Luis Enrique’s men cruise to a seven-goal victory

  • Spain picked up a 7-0 win over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup fixture
  • Barcelona’s Pedri was on form for La Roja as they cruised to a dominant victory
  • Jamie Carragher labelled Pedri ‘player of the tournament so far’ after 15 minutes
  • Fans were quick to remind the Liverpool legend how early he had made the call 
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Jamie Carragher only needed 15 minutes of Spain’s opening World Cup tie against Costa Rica to label Pedri ‘the player of the tournament so far’.

Spain blew Costa Rica away inside half an hour of their first group-stage outing on Wednesday, with Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio firing them into a two-goal lead before Ferran Torres scored from the penalty spot.

Torres then added another 10 minutes after the interval before late goals from Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata sealed an eventual 7-0 rout for Luis Enrique’s side, who got off to the best start imaginable out in Qatar. 

Jamie Carragher labelled Pedri ‘the player of the tournament so far’ after just 15 minutes of Spain’s opening World Cup win over Costa Rica on Wednesday night

Carragher took to Twitter to heap praise on Pedri very early into Spain’s World Cup campaign

While he didn’t get on the scoresheet himself, Barcelona midfielder Pedri pulled the strings in what proved a straightforward victory for Spain – and his performance clearly impressed Carragher.

After just 15 minutes of the game, the former Liverpool and England defender took to Twitter to write: ‘Pedri is the player of the tournament so far! #WorldcupQatar2022’.

While he may well have been emphasising the terrific start Pedri made to Wednesday’s game, fans were quick to remind Carragher how early he had gone with such an assessment.

One wrote: ‘It’s been one game Jamie mate’.

Fans were quick to remind the Liverpool legend how early he had gone with his assessment

Pedri pulled the strings as La Roja cruised to a seven-goal victory on Wednesday

Another put: ‘Bit heavy for 15 mins gone’.

‘The game just started,’ said a third.

While one concluded: ‘This tweet describes you so well. So reactionary.’

Spain flexed their muscles as one of the leading contenders to win this year’s World Cup in their dominant opening win over Costa Rica, which sent them top of Group E.

They already hold a three-point lead over group rivals Germany, who slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat against Japan earlier in the day.

The pressure will therefore be on Hansi Flick’s side when they come up against La Roja in Al Khor on Sunday.

A point could even be enough to secure Spain’s progression to the knockout stages depending on the outcome of Japan’s showdown with Costa Rica.

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