Pedro: Every game left is a final, they’ll all be difficult
Barcelona forward Pedro was content that his team claimed the three points against Real Betis, but acknowledged that perhaps they hadn’t been at their best in the second half of the game.
Following the 3-1 victory against Real Betis and speaking to GolTV, Pedro acknowledged some of the whistles from the fans at the Camp Nou, agreeing that his side could have performed better in the second half of the game.
“The fans know what they want to see. Maybe we lacked intensity in the second half, but we leave content with the win. In the second half we didn’t dominate enough, or hold onto the ball long enough. They’ve played well though and complicated things for us. The best thing though, is the result.”
As for the title race in La Liga, Pedro underlined that it’s going to be a very tight finish to the season.
“It will be tough right to the end and the margin of error is tiny. Every game left is a final and they’ll all be difficult.”
Asked about the FIFA sanctions and all the controversies surrounding the club, Pedro pointed out that he and his Barca team-mates simply focus themselves on their football, nothing more.
“We’ve been through some difficult times, but we try to isolate ourselves from all that and focus ourselves on the matches. We just put our minds on the games. We’ve calm and we’re taking things one game at a time.”
Diego Costa remains doubtful for Atlético Madrid in the return leg of the Champions League against Barcelona next week, but with or without him, Pedro feels their opponents have got plenty of options to keep his team occupied.
“He’s a really good player and if he doesn’t recover, then that will be good for us. If he’s there, then he’ll be dangerous, but just the same as anyone, like El Guaje or like Diego. Atlético have an ample squad and it will be a tough game.”
Finally and with his team seemingly having struggled against the team at the bottom of La Liga, Pedro noted that regardless of the opponent, every one of their final games will be tough.
“We went out there to win and we’re aware of what’s at stake. We know that that all the remaining games are tough, we have to play them with more enthusiasm and not let them get away from us.”