Pedro, the 28 year old Spanish international, had joined Chelsea last year from the Spanish Giants Barcellona due to lack of opportunity in the first XI.
Unfortunately for him, in Chelsea also, he had struggled a lot to secure his first team spot followed by presence of the heavyweights like Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar. But in the post Mourinho era, the Spaniard has been the first preference of the current manager Antonio Conte. The winger has left his mark on the 5-0 victory against Everton, scoring one himself and providing two assists for his countrymen Marcos Alonso and Diego Costa.
In spite of the dominated 4-0 victory against Manchester United, Pedro insists the team had the best performance of the season so far against the blue parts of the Merseyside. “It was a very good win, this is the right way (to play). It was our best performance, it was very good team work from everybody and that’s the most important thing. Now we must go game by game”, he mentioned.
Pedro admits that he is pleased with the manager for his impact and system. “The manager has been important, he’s very good, a strong guy with character and good ideas. He’s very good for the team. The new formation is very good for the team, it’s a great system for us”, added Pedro.
Reportedly, the west London side have won all the last five Premier League matches without conceding a single goal since the Blues manager has switched his formation to 3-4-3. Pedro had been performing at his best in this system as he had already scored twice and provided a total of five assists in the Premier League so far this season. It includes the fastest goal in the Premier League so far this season against Manchester United manged by his former boss Jose Mourinho.
Pedro has mentioned, “It’s good for us, in the last five games we haven’t conceded a goal and we’ve played very well. The defense has been very good.”
The Spaniard is also very happy with the performances of his teammates, “It was a very good performance from Diego and Eden and, for me, it’s a pleasure to play with them, these two players are very clever”. With the presence of Pedro in the team, the other two attacking options Hazard and Costa have been performing at their bests scoring nine and seven goals respectively in the Premier League.
Now with a strong position, the players will undergo an international break. “This is a very good moment for us and the supporters. So we must enjoy this win. Now we have a break, a few days off, so we can relax and then start working hard in training again”, he added.
With the current form and results, Chelsea have secured the second position in the league table after the eleventh gameweek with 25 points. They are now only one point behind the league leaders Liverpool. Conte’s men seem to be very confident and effective with their lethal performances on field and it has definitely been accelerating the title hopes for the Chelsea fans.
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