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Pedro On Messi & Game Time At Barca

Pedro admits that he has been “playing a bit less” than he would like for Barcelona this season.

Somewhat of a good luck charm for the Blaugrana under Pep Guardiola, Pedro has seen his game time at the Camp Nou dwindle since Pep left.

This season he has been playing third fiddle to Neymar and Alexis Sanchez, and has found his place to be on the bench more often than not.

But while he is honest about his burning desire to play, it does not appear that 26-year-old Spanish international Pedro is agitating for a move.

He says that under Barca boss ‘Tata’ Martino’s much-discussed rotation policy, he is likely to get the chance to shine at some stage this season.

“I have been playing a bit less than I would like -- but there are a lot of great players and competition is tough,” Pedro said.

“I need to keep working and take advantage of chances to play that I get. It is difficult -- but it happens with everyone.

“‘Tata’ [Martino] has his idea to rotate and keep players fresh. The boss decides to use me more away from home than at home. I adapt to what he says. You must be relaxed, and when you have a chance to play bring your best for the team.”

“I am very happy here and feel a very important player here,” he added.

“I am relaxed and know my opportunities will come. I plan to be here for many years, this is my club and I feel really good here. You can be a little concerned not playing too many games before the World Cup, but you must be relaxed.”

Meanwhile, no Barca player can give an interview of late without being quizzed on the form of Lionel Messi.

Having played alongside La Pulga Atomica in attack so many times, Pedro is well-placed to comment on what the little Argentine is going through.

He says that Messi is his normal self, and that he will be back in the goals soon for sure.

“[Messi] is fine, he is training very strongly, and looks relaxed,” he said.

“It is true he has not scored in his last games, but goals will come for him. Because he is Messi, and his stats are so spectacular, people always say when he does not score that something is wrong, but there is nothing wrong.

“Leo always makes the difference -- and there is a long way to go in the season. Alexis, Neymar and Cesc are scoring plenty of goals, and that is good too for the team.”

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