Pedro: Low Camp Nou attendances affecting performances

The Blaugrana forward says that poor attendances are obvious to the players on the pitch and confesses that the team may need to perform better to lure the fans back

Pedro has admitted that small crowds at Camp Nou are extremely noticeable to the Barcelona players and make for an unpleasant playing experience.

Only 60,000 witnessed the Catalans' 3-2 defeat against Valencia last week, while Copa del Rey attendances, including in the 2-0 semi-final win over Real Sociedad last Wednesday, have been very low.

Speaking ahead of his side's trip to Sevilla, Pedro expressed his discomfort at playing in front of so many empty seats at the 93,000-seater Camp Nou, yet refused to criticise fans as he ackowledged that there are a number of reasons behind the poor turnouts this season.

"You really notice when the stands are half empty - you can’t fail to notice it," the 26-year-old told a press conference.

"And playing in front of 90,000 fans isn't the same as playing in front of 38,000. For us it is tiring to kick off matches at 10pm.

"We would prefer matches to kick off at 8pm but we have to accept the timetable we are given.

"Late kick-off times, the cold weather and other factors all have an effect but our fans always support us and that's why we are obliged to put in a good season.

"I don't know if the public is fed up with us or not, we always try to entertain them although we had just suffered a league defeat. Better games will come and we will try to give our best as we always do."

The Blaugrana winger stressed that Sunday's clash against Sevilla will be a vital one and dismissed suggestions that the club could fall into a downward spiral as they look to draw level with joint-leaders Atletico and Real Madrid.

"It’ll be a tough match," the Spain international said of facing los Palanganas.

"The margin for error is nil. We never fall into the trap of succumbing to negative thoughts. We're going into Sunday's match on the back of a defeat, but any team can have an off day.

"I'm sure that we’re going to grow stronger – we’re in a great moment and we want to continue our philosophy as best as we can."

Barcelona sit third in La Liga with 54 points from 22 games, three behind Atleti and Madrid who have played a game more.