19th of February 2018

"Facing Barcelona is special for me"

The Blues forward is looking forward to a reunion with his old team-mates at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in Europe’s elite club competition.

Chelsea prepared for the last-16 match by coasting to a 4-0 victory against Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday night, with Pedro getting the second goal.

Now attentions turn to Champions League first leg fixture and Pedro says that facing former club Barcelona on the back of two wins will help Chelsea’s confidence.

“We are back in a good form, with confidence before this huge game as you say against Barcelona,” Pedro said at Stamford Bridge. “For us it is good to be back in that sort of form. We’ve had two very good games now. We have to continue like this and prepare for the game against Barcelona in the same way.

“It will be strange for sure at the start but it will be good to see my old team-mates again who I played with for so many years. It will be a special game for me for sure. They are the same every year. They are playing great football in La Liga, they are in the cup final as well.”

Pedro spent seven years at Barcelona winning 20 major honours including three Champions League titles while scoring 99 goals for the club where he began his professional career.

Lionel Messi lined up alongside Pedro in Barcelona’s forward line and the 30-year-old admits that his side will struggle to stop the Argentine star, although he has still never scored against Chelsea.

“He’s always the same,” he added. “What can I say of him that I haven’t before? He is the best in the world, he always makes the difference and it will be very difficult to stop him.”

Chelsea used the Hull game as an opportunity to rest players with the struggling Championship side having around 10 players unavailable for the Friday-night fixture.

The Spaniard says the game was great preparation ahead of what will be a tough week, with Manchester United and then Manchester City away following the Champions League game.

“It was a good moment to give rest to a lot of players,” Pedro continued. “We’ve played a lot of games, here you don’t rest at Christmas and it was a good moment to refresh a lot of players, not just Hazard, also Azpilicueta, Marcos [Alonso] and the perfect way to prepare.

Article continues below. Pedro added that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata appears to be fully recovered from a back injury that kept him out for a month.

“He is completely recovered,” Pedro said. “He is desperate to get back in the team and I think he’s back at 100 per cent.”




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