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13.10.2011 18:35

Pedro feels side is in good shape and confident

Vanessa Forns

The Barça striker says that despite the international break, the team “is relaxed, in good shape and confident” ahead of Saturday’s clash with Racing.

On Thursday the Brazilian and Argentinian players were back as Josep Guardiola starts recuperating members of his squad and preparing to get back to normal and start preparing for the league fixture on Saturday against Racing at the Camp Nou. Pedro says that the squad “is training well, is fully confident and in good shape” to deal with the forthcoming challenge.

Top form

He admitted that “it is always hard to get back into shape after an international break”, but feels that the team is ready to play once they have got over the exertions of international football. Asked whether he feels these situations interrupt the team’s flow, Pedro said “we’ll see … we are training well, are fully confident, and in good shape. Racing have a great team and we expect a good game at the Camp Nou and to keep collecting points. Those who have been with our national teams are recovering strength, but I’m sure we’ll be ready in time for this game.”

Pedro said that because of the “travel and the minutes played it is always hard to be at one’s best after playing internationals … but we are confident and will be at 100% against Racing.” He added that “it is a privilege that so many players are picked for their national teams”.

Nearly 50 goals

If he gets two goals on Saturday, Pedro will have made it to 50 in official matches. “It will be difficult. It always is to get such figures, but I’m relaxed, it’s not something that I’m obsessed with. I have been lucky enough to enjoy some great finals with this team. I remember Abu Dhabi, the European Supercup, the games against Madrid... They are all fond memories, I hope to continue working to contribute things.”

On Xavi’s form, after the player asked to be substituted while playing for Spain and also Abidal, Pedro said “they are both fine and keen to work, but that’s the boss’ decision. I hope they can help the team because they always have something to offer.”

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