Pedro Rodriguez has reflected on the prospect of a Spain-Brazil Confederations Cup Final and on his happiness to compete alongside Neymar at Barcelona.
The forward is currently with La Roja as they prepare for Thursday’s semi-final in Fortaleza against Italy. A win against their fellow Euro 2012 finalists would put Spain in the final, where they could play tournament hosts Brazil.
“If we get to the final, hopefully we will meet them,” Pedro reflected in an interview released today with Mundo Deportivo.
“A Spain-Brazil final at Maracana would be a nice final and I hope it can be so.
“It’s a very mythical stadium where there have been many moments of glory, moments in the history of football and for a footballer it is what you dream about and to be able to play there is a privilege.”
Pedro has noticeably enjoyed a greater scoring rate whilst on international duty this season than he has with Barcelona.
“Yes I have had more freedom, but really my game has not changed much because with the national team and with Barca it is the same for me, either on the right or on the left.
“Perhaps in this framework I have more movement, I move into the middle, come away from the wing a bit more.
“At Barca I have also done so in many games, but perhaps here I’m having more luck in front of goal than I am at Barca, where I have had the chances to score but have not been able to.”
The 25-year-old will face improved competition for places at the Camp Nou next season in light of the arrival of Neymar.
“It has always been throughout the years that Barca have had top players, especially in attack.
“There will be a lot more competition to play, but that’s a good thing because it makes the team better.
“He will be very good for the team and I think he will adapt quickly. It is true that you need an adjustment period to get to know the game, how everything is, the city and living in it, but like I said, I think he will fit in fairly quickly. He is very good friends with Dani Alves and Adriano and that will help.
“Me? I’m happy with how things are going with the team, in the national side, how my whole career is going.
“I hope to continue to learn from the great players I have alongside me in both the national team and at Barca, to keep growing and to keep winning titles because I think that we are in a good position to continue doing so.”