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Pedro admits struggles to adapt to Chelsea and the Premier League

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After spending the last eleven years at Barcelona, after playing alongside a certain Lionel Messi in the fairly unique Barca system, and after being part of one of the only two vastly dominant forces in the Spanish league, it's only understandable that Pedro would find the Premier League an entirely different and entirely challenging experience.  That may sound like a cliche, but unfortunately for him, and unfortunately for us, and unfortunately for all my reservations about signing him, outside of his very first match for Chelsea, this has resulted in the 28-year-old winger struggling a fair amount to adapt and influence the game.

He has admitted as much in an interview this weekend:

"It's hard. It's very different to what I'm used to [at Barcelona]. But, little by little, I'm integrating more, adapting with my team-mates and the team and that's the most important thing."

"Everything is different, very different to the football I'm used to. I think there are a lot of differences, very physical football, very strong. A lot of players attack and it's always complicated. All the games are competitive and very balanced."

-Pedro; source: Mirror

It certainly hasn't helped that many of Pedro's newest teammates are also vastly underperforming.  Still, Mourinho has given plenty of first-choice minutes to the winger, including a start over Eden Hazard this past weekend that helped Chelsea finally win a game for the first time in a month.

So maybe that'll prove a turning point and the start of something better.  Perhaps Chelsea and Pedro (and the all the rest) can rediscover their proper forms sooner rather than later.