Pedro: Barca are big game players

Barcelona winger Pedro believes La Blaugrana’s big game experience will help against Real Madrid on Sunday.

Pedro was speaking to the official Barcelona website with less than a week to go before the final League Clasico of the season.

The Spain international started Barca’s 7-0 win over Osasuna on Sunday but hasn’t been guaranteed a place under Tata Martino this season.

But Pedro told Barca TV that he respects the decisions of the Coach and will give his all any time he is called up.

“I will fight until the end because [games against Madrid] are unique and you never want to lose,” he said.

“I keep a level head [regarding team selections]. The job of the Coach is complicated because he has 23 very good players but only 11 places.

“His decisions must be accepted. My goal is to give 100% whenever he wants to use me.”

Pedro added that Barca are in a good place now mentally and are prepared for the game at Santiago Bernabeu, even if he does concede Madrid are favourites.

“The team is psyched, focused and united. In big games the team has performed very well, to a high level.

“A bad result would give us a lot to overcome. But the game comes at a good time. We want to put in a great performance and get the win to stay alive in three competitions.

“Perhaps they are slight favourites since they’re at home and are League leaders, but we know in these games there is no clear favourite because anything can happen.

“They have very quick players in attack and will wait for us to make a mistake and then counter quickly.

“We have to take into account their game, their qualities, and how they’ll try to exploit ours.

“Our idea is to move the ball very fast,” Pedro revealed.

Pedro has made a habit of scoring for Barca at the Bernabeu and said his first goal against Madrid is the one he remembers best.

“I remember it well, the pass from Xavi [Hernandez], the cross that helped me beat Iker [Casillas]. To score a goal at Madrid is important for any player.

“Opportunities are hard to get and I always try to take advantage of them.

“It’s been a good season for me and I hope in the end it is for the team. Every year we’ve had a lot of competition because we are players at the very top of the world.”

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