It’s the lull between the very last meaningful trophy lifts and the hope-filled kickoff to new seasons, so it’s time to get reflective. UEFA have done so by allowing fans to vote for a Goal of the Season with entries from across its umbrella of competitions from last season.
And our little Pedro made the list with his — surprisingly, much needed — dink over Slavia Praha goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář.
Pedro’s the scorer, but the goal came from some nifty one-touch passes from Azpilicueta (a backheel flick!) and Giroud, with Pedro playing his part by bolting into the space that set him up 1-v-1 with the keeper and finishing with veteran aplomb.
It was one of the rare times the team played one-touch passes under Sarri, and even still it was very much un-Sarri-like in its execution — wide, from the right, and didn’t involve a single midfielder.
Pedro’s goal is up against some very impressive competition, the best of which is probably Lionel Messi’s pinpoint free-kick against Liverpool and Ivan Rakitic’s flying volley against Spurs.
But the list of goals is well-worth watching, especially if you’re like me and going through painful withdrawals that friendly kickabouts just can’t seem to cure. In particular, check out Ismaïla Sarr’s magnificent lasered volley, David Faupala’s overhead kick that helped Apollon Limassol stun Lazio, and Slavia Praha getting on the list in a good way via their women’s team, with Kateřina Svitková’s long-distance blast against Bayern also up for consideration.
We won’t tell you for whom to vote, of course, but rumor has it that there’s some weird bug in their website where once you click to visit you have to vote for Pedro’s goal otherwise your device will spew an acidic green foam until it sprouts wings and flies directly into the sun. Many have already lost not only their devices, but important body parts. Don’t be like them. Vote for Pedro.