Barcelona displayed strength and enthusiasm, claims Pedro after emphatic win over Rayo Vallecano

Pedro says Barcelona's 7-0 demolition of Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Sunday is a reminder to their doubters that his club are not a spent force and will only get stronger as the season draws to a close.

The Blaugrana endured a week to forget after they were beaten by Real Madrid in the Clasico last weekend to all but hand the Liga title to the Blancos, while they were knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea at the semi-final stage.

The announcement of Pep Guardiola's departure at the end of the campaign has only increased the consensus that Barca's period of dominance may be coming to an end, but Pedro insists their seven-goal haul against Rayo was just what was needed.

"After a week, we are still a little sad about our elimination from the Champions League and the match against Real Madrid, but this victory shows that the team still exhibits strength and enthusiasm," said Pedro after the game.

"We are playing with rhythm and confidence again. I'm happy about the result."

Pedro also vowed that his team-mates will try to win the Copa del Rey against Athletic Bilbao on May 25 as a form of repayment for their outgoing coach, and hailed Lionel Messi for his double against the league strugglers.

"We will prepare properly for the end of the season and try to win the Copa del Rey as a parting gift for Guardiola and the fans.

"Messi has once again proved to be the best goalscorer around and he deserves this recognition."

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