The young Brazilian Gabriel met with FC Barcelona's first team players this Wednesday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, this is how Pedro described the encounter: “Gabriel is an example of what it means to overcome adversity, to be eager and to fight for what he wants to do, which is football in this case. We signed his jersey and he came to the training session. It was a pleasure to be able to meet him and we wish him the best.”
A goal from Jordi Alba in the last minute of added time gave Barça the victory over Celtic FC this Tuesday evening at the Camp Nou. On yesterday’s match against the Scottish team, Pedro Rodríguez said that FC Barcelona, like in many other of the team’s matches this season, fell behind even though Barça “dominated the game.” He added: “The most important thing is that this team always shows up, we fight until the end, that’s why we’ve been able to fight back five times this season - we’re getting really good results. We’re playing well and we’re doing our job.”
Pedro also talked about how difficult it is to overcome teams that close themselves off at the back and wait to strike on the counter: “A lot of times we carry the initiative of the game, and it’s really difficult to find spaces. For us, for our style of play, it’s a shame that other teams approach their games against us in this way, but there’s nothing we can do but accept it.”
Focused on Rayo Vallecano
The FC Barcelona forward knows that the next Champions League match, away to Celtic FC, is “crucial” if the team is to progress to the knock-out round of the competition. However, Pedro noted that Barça must focus on Satruday’s La Liga match against Rayo Vallecano before thinking about the upcoming match at Celtic Park. “Rayo are a very complicated rival,” warned Pedro.
Messi and the Ballon d’Or
After praising team-mates Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, the forward declared that Messi deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award: “We know that Leo is the best player in the world, he proves it in every game he plays. Every season he beats his own records, that’s why our vote is clear.”
Pedro also talked Bartra, Sergio Busquets and Alexis. On the young centre back, Pedro said that Bartra is a player that has “an impeccable future, he'll be given a lot of time on the pitch to prove it.” The forward went on to say that Busquets “is indispensable for the team and the best player in his position,” he added that “it’s obvious when he’s not on the pitch.” Lastly, on Alexis, Pedro noted that the Chilean “is very eager" to continue putting in good performances for the team.