Pedro taking the penalty / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Thanks to him Barça opened and closed its scoring tally, on Barça TV’s El Marcador, Pedro explained that he felt like he was returning to former form, before his ankle injury: “I feel better every day, I’m getting more rhythm and confidence. I hope to start next year at 100%.” He also admitted that it’s very difficult to win a starting spot in this Barça team: “There’s a lot of competition, there are players that are doing really well. It’s great for the group.”

He allows Thiago to take the second penalty

On Barça’s thrashing of L’Hospitalet, Pedro said: “We started off intensely, we knew it would be difficult because of how the away game went. The fact that we scored early made it easier, from that point on we were more comfortable.” Without preferences on Barça's next rival in the next round, he said that he let Thiago take the second penalty because he got the first one: “Thiago asked me if he could take it and I let him, like Xavi and Cesc let me take the first one.”

Here are the players’ comments after the match:

Andrés Iniesta (Facebook)

“We’re in the next round, looking forward to tomorrow’s draw. The injury I got today will disappear soon! Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for your concern!”

Víctor Valdés (Facebook)

“I’m off on Christmas vacation! Happy holidays everyone, I’ll post some photos! A big hug! Enjoy being with your families!”

Sergi Roberto

“After winning the Club World Cup they came out as if it was another final and they demonstrated that they are the best.”

“I really enjoyed playing with the team, the game and the victory.”

“We’ve shown that we never let our guard down, but we always respect our opponent.”

Cristian Tello

“I was really eager, it was my debut at the Camp Nou and I’m really happy because we won and because of my personal performance.”

“I can’t believe it, I’m very excited and content. However, I know my place in the reserve side.”

“We didn’t expect so many people to show up. It was a prize for us.”

Cesc Fàbregas

“I have a knock on my knee. It hurts a bit, and I’ll be OK.”

“We hope that the good play and titles continue in 2012.”

“I didn’t score, but I had three or four assists and I’m happy with that.”

Andreu Fontàs

“I’m really happy with how we closed out the year, I’ll continue to work just as hard next year.”

“The way to have more playing time is to work and take advantage of opportunities.”

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