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Marc Bartra says Barcelona are not weaker without Pedro

The homegrown defender is predicting that the Catalans will continue to dominate without the Spain international.

Barcelona defender Marc Bartra has stated to the club’s official website that selling Pedro to Chelsea has not made the Catalan club weaker and predicted that Luis Enrique’s men will “continue to be unstoppable” in 2015-16.

The European champions agreed a deal with the West Londoners to allow the fringe winger to move to Stamford Bridge earlier this week, ending the star’s career-long affinity with the Camp Nou club.

Barcelona won a momentous treble last season, but have started the new campaign in questionable fashion after being beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup.

Bartra has claimed that the loss of Pedro and Xavi, who left Barca to join Al Sadd at the end of last season, will not inhibit the club’s ability to win silverware this term.

"Losing Xavi and Pedro hasn't made us weaker,” he told the club’s official website.

“I'm going to miss them a lot but teams like Barca lose very good players and get back very good players.

"We still have a good group of homegrown players. You can't always bring up players who are ready for the first team. But with those who have joined us from other clubs, we'll continue to be unstoppable.”

Bartra can surely empathise with Pedro’s decision to leave Barcelona to find first-team football, as the defender is also a fringe figure in Luis Enrique’s squad.

The sprightly winger is in line to make his Chelsea debut this weekend against West Brom and will hope to tie down a regular starting berth with Jose Mourinho’s men.

Barcelona start their La Liga campaign this weekend also, taking on Super Cup conquerors Athletic Bilbao once more at San Mames.

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