PEDRO RECOUNTS THE PAIN CHELSEA COST HIM WHEN HE WAS A BARCELONA PLAYER

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Pedro is in his third season at Chelsea, and the Spaniard is enjoying his time in England as he has added the Premier League title to his amazing trophy collection.

However, back in 2012 when Chelsea defeated Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals as the Blues won the trophy, Pedro was still a Barcelona player and he recounts how he felt after that game.

“This memory stays with me even now, a very sad day for me and my team-mates,” said Pedro.

“I remember a lot of things: when you control the game and score the first goal, but then Leo [Messi] missed a penalty and then Fernando scored with the game’s last touch to finish the tie… I remember it all because it was such a sad day for Barcelona and for all of us.

“I remember these games so well. Chelsea were always horrible opponents, very difficult in these games: compact, strong in defence, pressed very well. For that reason, we always found it difficult against them.

“For the players of Barcelona, they’ll be thinking this tie is going to be very tough, this game for them, because Chelsea are strong. Chelsea are compact, and it’s never easy to play against us.”

Now that Pedro is a Blue, he is eager to be on the winning side again and inflict another defeat on Barcelona.

“The reality is it’s not impossible for us [to advance to the quarter-finals],” he said. “It’s possible for us to beat Barcelona and go through into the next round. It’s difficult because they’re a very great, big team, but it’s not impossible.”

He added: “It was an incredible time with a special team (Pedro won 20 major trophies in Barca).

“They’re one of the biggest teams in the world. It’s easier to win titles there, probably, than over here because they have very good players like Leo Messi and others, the best players in the world. For this reason, I’m very happy to have played my part and to have won those titles with them.

“Now it’s different. Now I am here, at Chelsea, and defend the badge on this shirt, the Chelsea shirt, with great honour and pride. I hope to win this game and go through in this tie.”

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.