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On Thursday the Brazilian and Argentinian players were back from international duty as Josep Guardiola starts recuperating members of his squad for the upcoming league fixture against Racing at the Camp Nou this weekend. Pedro says that the squad “is training well, fully confident and in good shape” to deal with the forthcoming challenge.

Top form

Pedro admitted that “it is always hard to get back into shape after an international break,” but feels that the team is adequately prepared despite the exertions of international football. Asked whether he feels international breaks interrupt the team’s flow, Pedro said “we’ll see … we are training well, fully confident, and in good shape. Racing have a great team and we expect a good game at the Camp Nou and to keep collecting points. Those who have been with our national teams are recovering strength, but I’m sure we’ll be ready in time for this game.”

Pedro said that because of the “travel and the minutes played it is always hard to be at one’s best after playing internationals … but we are confident and will be at 100% against Racing.” He added that “it is a privilege that so many [FC Barcelona] players are picked for their national teams.”

Nearly 50 goals

If Pedro nets two goals on Saturday, he will have made it to an overall of 50 goals in official matches. “It will be difficult. It always is to get such figures, but I’m relaxed, it’s not something that I’m obsessed with. I have been lucky enough to enjoy some great finals with this team. I remember Abu Dhabi, the European Supercup, the games against Madrid... They are all fond memories, I hope to continue contributing to the team.”

On Xavi’s form, after the player asked to be substituted while playing for Spain and also Abidal, Pedro said “they are both fine and keen to work, but that’s the boss’ decision. I hope they can help the team because they always have something to offer.”