Pedro had a string of six seasons with double digits goals in all competitions broken last year, after he managed just a combined nine between his games for Barcelona and Chelsea. Halfway through this season, he looks to be back on track, with his brace on Sunday giving him six in 21 appearances in the current campaign. Of course, it should’ve been a hat-trick, but somehow he contrived to miss the open net from three yards out.
"I had one chance in the first half which was unlucky, I shot very hard and it went up, but I’m happy to have scored two goals. It’s a new position for me but it means the same in terms of work. I had to run a lot but it was good for me and a good performance."
The new position he’s referring to is left wing-back as Antonio Conte chose to use him there to give Marcos Alonso a well-deserved rest. Pedro had played there twice before due to in-game changes, but this was the first time he had started a match at the position. Since he wasn’t required to defend too much, he did just fine and contributed with a goal in either half, first to open the scoring and then to make sure of the win after John Terry was sent off and Peterborough started having a few delusions of grandeur.
"It was a good win for us in the third round of the FA Cup, especially at home in front of our supporters. There was very good teamwork and we’re very happy with the result. Peterborough are a good team, every game in England is very tough, it doesn’t matter which division you’re in. They fought to win."
After a disappointing first season in English football, Pedro has finally started to show his true Barcelona self at Chelsea. In addition to his six goals, he also has six assists, and after starting the year strictly as a backup, he’s worked himself ahead of Willian for the third forward role. Or, in the case on Sunday, backup left wing-back. Versatility is key in the modern game.
Next up for Chelsea will be Leicester City away as the Blues look to restart our Premier League winning streak following the defeat against Tottenham last week.
"Against Spurs it was a different game. We lost, but no problem, we just continue taking it game by game. Next we face Leicester, a very difficult team, but we will prepare all week and go for the win."
-Pedro; source: Chelsea FC
Part of the problem against Spurs was a lack of clinical finishing and despite the four goals against The Posh, Chelsea showed plenty of poor finishing and decisions in the final third as well. We won’t be able to afford hilarious misses like Pedro’s against Leicester.