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Pedro reflects on his time so far at Chelsea and in the Premier League

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Former Barcelona player Pedro had a Chelsea début to remember at the Hawthorns earlier this season, in a 3-2 win over West Brom in which he scored a goal and provided an assist as well. As one would expect, Pedro is very fond of that memory, although he knows it won't be easy to repeat his feat against the Albion tonight.

"Yes, I remember it very well. The players welcomed me very well that day in the changing room and it was a really good start to my Chelsea career. The goal I scored was an important one and I will always remember it, my first in the Premier League and it was like a dream start, but West Bromwich are a strong team so it will be very difficult when we play them again tonight but I am looking forward to it."

The Premier League, "best league in the world" and all that jazz, is a new experience for the man who's spent his entire career in Spain.  One thing that has stood out to him is the good atmosphere at all the grounds, which may not be a universally shared opinion.  Matchday atmosphere has been a point of contention for quite some time given how 'quiet' some of the grounds can be when compared to other countries (Germany often gets brought up), either due to an ageing demographic in the stands and/or hefty ticket prices (despite the incredible amounts of money flowing in to the league).

"When you are not playing at home, the teams where you are playing make it more difficult for you obviously, but the surrounding and the atmosphere when we have games is good everywhere which is very typical of English football. It always helps to have the support from our fans, definitely, including when we are not doing that well when the support is very nice."

Pedro is well known for being a very versatile attacker, his proficiency with both left and right feet only adding to his value.  It also makes it easy for him to interchange with the rest of attackers, a tactical wrinkle that's apparently more used at Chelsea than at Barcelona.

"But it is very good for me to have different challenges to have to overcome. There is definitely more freedom of movement so it could be that Willian comes on the left and I go in the middle and Oscar goes on the right, or other changes. That makes it more challenging for the opponent who comes up against us."

-Pedro; source: Chelsea FC

Since his début against West Brom at the end of August, Pedro hasn't had as much luck in front of goal, managing to add just one solitary goal and another assist to his tally.  It's all added up to Pedro not quite living up to his price tag and reputation so far; perhaps encountering the same opponents who kick-started his Chelsea career will be helpful.

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