“Barca and Messi are not invincible…”

Former Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez has called for optimism from his Chelsea teammates as “Messi is not invincible”.

The 30-year-old spent seven years in the first-team squad at the Camp Nou before joining Chelsea in 2015, while he is now set to face his old club for the first time.

“It will be difficult for us as Messi is the best in the world,” Pedro told an interview with The Independent.

“But he's not invincible. It's probably a hard game for us, a massive game, but if the team are really focused on fighting together, you never know in football.

“We'll have possibilities to get through. But, obviously, it's Barcelona. It's Leo Messi. It's very difficult to stop this guy because he's very quick, very clever out on the pitch. But, look, it's not impossible.”

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