Pedro in the press room at the Camp Nou this Monday / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Pedro Rodríguez is one of the seven first teamers to be named to Barça’s squad for the upcoming game against BATE Borisov this Tuesday. The striker hopes to get back to full form after a peroneal strain in his left heel has kept him off the pitch for three weeks. “I’m gaining confidence. I’ve missed out on a lot of games because of this injury, what’s important now is to continue working with the team so I can recover my form,” he said during the press conference.

Pedro has been following the team’s progress closely and he’s satisfied with their performance: “I’m happy that all my teammates are performing at such a great level.” He went on to talk about his colleagues that share his position on the pitch: “Every year there is competition and I believe it makes the team stronger. Cuenca is a great striker and he’s scoring goals, he’s doing well both on offence and defence. Alexis gives the team depth, constant movement, he’s great at one on ones and he can score. In my opinion they are great players.”

Praise for Messi and Xavi

If there are two players being talked about in Barça’s dressing room this Monday it’s Messi and Xavi, finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. “The three finalists are fantastic players. Hopefully the winner ends up being a Barça player. Messi and Xavi are the best in their positions, it’s hard to choose between them.”

An open clásico

Pedro also talked about this Satruday’s clásico at the Bernabéu: “Both teams are doing really well at the moment and I think the game will be open.” The striker did lament Barça’s La Liga position going into the game, however: “the team is working well, it’s a shame that we aren’t in a better position going into the clásico.”

Incentives to watch tomorrow's game against BATE

Pedro considers that the match against BATE is a good opportunity for him, “for me, yes, it’s important.” The striker encourages the Camo Nou faithful to come to the stadium for tomorrow’s match: “There are players in the B squad that perhaps aren’t as well known by the public, it’s a good opportunity to get to know them.” He also took the chance to give one piece of advice to the B side youngsters: “They should play their game, like they know how to play. They are good players and they should take advantage of this opportunity.” With that said tomorrow’s objective is obvious to Pedro: “we have the opportunity to close out the group stage without losing.” A new challenge for Pedro and his teammates.

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