The forward points out that Barça has a chance, in the event of a victory over Celtic tomorrow at the Camp Nou, to take a giant step towards a knock-out stage berth in the Champions League
The team led by Tito Vilanova will face Celtic FC this Tuesday at the Camp Nou in matchday 3 of the Champions League Group Stage. With tomorrow's match looming, Pedro highlighted the importance of beating the Scottish side in this afternoon's pre-match press conference. After two matchdays, Barça sit atop of Group G with six points, two more than Celtic FC, who are in second. In the event of a Blaugrana victory, Vilanova’s men would open up a five-point gap at the top.
“We’re playing at home, and it would be good to win so we can solidify our position in the group. A victory would help us advance in the competition,” said the Barça forward, just before noting that he’s aware that Celtic “are a very difficult opponent, they close themselves off at the back and they’re very dangerous on the counter.”
"The most important thing is that we continue to win and earn points”
Despite missing key defenders, Pedro likes the way Tito Vilanova is handling the team: “There are always things we can improve. It’s true that we have a lot defenders that are injured, but Tito is doing a great job. The system is practically the same, but seeing that we have a lot of injuries we have to put players in new positions.” He added: “In general, we’re doing really well. The other day [against Deportivo], seeing how the game went, because of the circumstances, they scored a lot of goals. Riazor is a difficult stadium. We, the forwards, apply pressure when we have to, and our defence is on the right path. The most important thing is that we continue to win and earn points.”
The player went on to say that he’s pleased with his current form: “I’m very comfortable with my position on the team, I’m working well with my team-mates. I’m coming off of scoring goals for the national team and I hope to repeat that here.” When asked about the amount of playing time he’s given, Pedro said that it all depends on how hard he works: “It’s always complicated to play for Barça. Each year I have had to fight for a spot. You have to earn your place and work hard. The objective is to help my team-mates, the more minutes on the pitch and the more games I play, the better. Tito is giving me a lot of confidence.”