Pedro: We’re not worried about Messi
Barcelona forward Pedro Rodríguez is confident his team can get a positive result at the Camp Nou against AC Milan on Wednesday, whilst sharing the view of his team-mates, that there’s no cause for concern that Lionel Messi isn’t scoring as many goals.
At a press call on Monday, Barcelona forward Pedro Rodríguez told how he and his team-mates are eagerly anticipating the clash with AC Milan at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night, in the Champions League.
“I feel good. We all want to play in every game. I feel confident. I’m hoping that the team can keep winning and that’s what is most important.”
Asked his thoughts about the recent physical condition, form and lack of goals from Argentine start Lionel Messi, Pedro thinks it’s a lot of fuss about nothing.
“He’s fine. He’s training very strongly and is very enthusiastic. It’s true that he’s not scored in the last few games, but we’re not worried. Leo is an ambitious player who wants to score lots of goals. In training he looks fine and the goals will come. He is very relaxed in this sense.”
Looking at Wednesday’s opponents AC Milan in the Champions League, Pedro acknowledged that it won’t be the easiest of games, despite the home advantage at the Camp Nou.
“We want to win. It’s an important game because it would keep us well positioned in our group, but Milan are opponents who always make things tough for us. They have great players and it will be a very difficult game.”
When it comes to the debate about Barcelona’s playing style under manager Tata Martino, Pedro didn’t think much had changed and stressed that all that really matters to them, is winning games, however they play.
“What always counts the most is the results. Being up at the top of La Liga is the most important. We’re not playing as badly as people are suggesting. The most important thing is that we keep on winning and playing well.”
Pedro acknowledged that there’s always room for improvement, but considering where his team is positioned in La Liga and in the Champions League, still unbeaten in all competitions, he also feels that the level of criticism his team has received, is out of proportion, reiterating that it’s where his team are now, that backs that up.
“We have to improve a few things, but I’m happy about the way we’re playing and for the results. We’ll see our best version in the coming games. I think it’s being unfair on the team. We can improve of course, but during the season we’ve had some great games. The most important thing is that we’re up at the top and that’s not always easy. That’s what should be taken into account.”
Barcelona manager Tata Martino has also been rotating the squad regularly, looking to make the most of the players available to him and keep everyone fresh and on their toes. Whilst Pedro admitted that like any player, he wants to be involved in every game, he conceded that the needs of the squad comes before any individual.
“It’s difficult for sure, when you’re confident and you want continuity, but this is something that affects everyone and not just me. You have to be calm and keep working well.”
Finally, asked if he would consider leaving Barcelona, if the opportunity of guaranteed football elsewhere were on offer, Pedro dismissed such an idea as something he’s never even considered.
“I’ve always said that I’m happy here. I feel like an important player in this team. My team-mates make me feel that way. Hopefully I can stay here for many more years and the only thing I have to do, is keep working hard.”