Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 10/14/11
Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez expects his team-mates to be fit and firing for Saturday's Primera Division clash with Racing Santander despite the interruption of the international break. Barca coach Pep Guardiola lost no fewer than 13 members of his first-team squad to the recent raft of friendlies and qualifiers for both Euro 2012 and the World Cup, with the club's Brazilian and Argentinian contingent only reporting back for duty yesterday. With tiredness an overriding concern, Barca can at least take some comfort from the fact Saturday's opponents are labouring inside the relegation zone after failing to win any of their opening six matches - a record in stark contrast to Guardiola's side, who sit atop the pile after four wins and two draws in the same period. The reigning champions are widely expected to maintain their unbeaten run come the final whistle on Saturday night, although should Racing cause an upset Pedro insists the international fixtures cannot be blamed. "It...
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