2019 UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE

'YOU NEVER GET TIRED OF WINNING'

Pedro Rodríguez won the UEFA Champions League three times during his stay at Barcelona and the 31-year-old craves success as much as ever

By Dan Thacker

You have enjoyed so much success. What is it like to lift a trophy?

It’s the culmination of a whole year’s hard work. It is the best feeling and means we have done our job well over the course of the season. To feel that emotion when you lift the trophy is unique. It is very gratifying and satisfying to see that you have done your job and that the fans can share in that emotion. You’re always eager to keep winning titles and trophies because it is important for your career, it helps you grow as a player. You can never get tired of winning. You can get bored of many things, but never winning.

 

You have not previously won the Europa League. Does that give you added motivation?

Yes, of course it gives me added motivation. It’s a trophy that’s not yet on my list of achievements for my career, and it’s a European title for the club and that always drives you on a little more. We’ve had a great

Pedro chips home after just five minutes against Slavia at Stamford Bridge

Europa League [campaign]. The match against Arsenal is going to be very good to watch and very open, as they are opponents that we know like to play football. They defend from the front, like we do, so I think it will be a final that’s very easy on the eye.

 

How will playing against Arsenal change the atmosphere?

It will perhaps be more tense because we know them well. If you have played other finals against them you can analyse how they went and that tension and that pressure has always been there. It will be a derby on top of being a European final. It gives us even more motivation because there are such high stakes in one match.

This is an extract of a story from the 2019 UEFA Europa League final programme. To read the whole article:

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