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All touches: Re-live Pedro's nearly Maradona-esque 1 goal, 1 assist Chelsea debut

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Kick your shoes off and celebrate, Pedro is here and he's as good as advertised. But can he do it on a cold-ish, rainy midday somewhere in England? The answer is a resounding yes. YES!

It took just twenty minutes for Pedro to open his goalscoring account, another ten minutes to collect his first assist, but the play that rounds out the complete package happens around the 6-minute mark of the video. Pedro loses the ball by getting it tangled in his feet (he may have been attempting a backheel?), but he immediately turns around, chases down the West Brom man and pokes it away from him to regain possession for Chelsea. That's the stuff to surely make Jose Mourinho truly weak in the knees.

"He wasn't quite Maradona but he was close. He's a very good player. There is always a question mark because of how many top players come to England and don't perform immediately. We have examples in our club and there are lots of examples at other clubs, so it's very nice for him to come and straight away perform the way he did."

"I expected him to perform like that because he had a good pre-season, and he played three competitive matches. He came with minutes, with intensity, so it was not a question of intensity and condition, it was a question of understanding. We worked tactically every day since he arrived for him to try to understand the team and for the team to try to understand what he wants and needs. It was a very good performance."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Goal

With slightly better finishing from Willian and a bit more luck from Diego Costa and Falcao, Pedro easily could've had a hat-trick of assists, in his debut. And what about those first touches in the soft, slippy conditions? Thanks, Barcelona!

(h/t: Frankie...)