FC Barcelona: Pedro Plays His 150th Match in UEFA Champions League

Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer IFebruary 15, 2012

CA Osasuna VS FC Barcelona
CA Osasuna VS FC BarcelonaDavid Ramos/Getty Images

During the UEFA Champions League match between Bayer Leverkusen and FC Barcelona, Pedro played his 150th official match for Barca. According to the FC Barcelona website, Pedro has managed to score 52 goals within the 150 matches.

Pedro debuted with Barca in the year 2008 and was prominent in 32 UEFA Champions League matches. He has participated in four Club World Cup matches, five Spanish Super Cup matches, two European Cup matches and 89 La Liga matches.

Pedro has participated in 18 cup matches during his career with La Blaugrana. The first goal scored by Pedro for Barca was in San Mames in the Spanish Super Cup during the Summer of 2009.

While Pedro's achievements and Barca's victory in the UEFA Champions League deserve to be celebrated, it is too early to think about a victory. Pep Guardiola conceded (in a press conference after the match) that the first half was better for Barca.

Guardiola based his reason in that Leverkusen was on the defensive in the first half. The second half saw Barca again resting on its laurels, which has happened from time to time.

Cesc Fabregas admitted that La Blaugrana had a less than stellar performance during the second half of the UEFA Champions League. Barca must play the whole match without taking a break, which includes mental breaks.

Barca must be consistent when it comes to defense and offense. La Blaugrana must treat its La Liga matches as if they were World Cup matches in order to advance in all tournaments.

It remains to be seen whether Barca can maintain itself with the UEFA Champions League and reassert itself in others.