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Pedro steals the show on debut as ten-man Blues beat Baggies at the Hawthorns

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he expected new signing Pedro to perform like he did on debut against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

The Spanish international only arrived at Stamford Bridge late last week, but went straight into the side to take on the Baggies following the Blues' disappointing start to the season.

Perform instantly

Mourinho was not to be disappointed by the former Barcelona forward, who scored one and created another in a pulsating 3-2 victory over Tony Pulis' side at the Hawthorns.

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Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta made it a trio of Spanish goalscorers for the visitors, but it was Pedro who caught the eye of 'the Special One' on his first appearance in English football.

“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,” said Mourinho, according to the official Chelsea website.

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“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.

'Very good performance'

“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.”

Pedro's display would have also sent a message to Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who pulled out of a deal to bring the player to Old Trafford after the Red Devils and Barca couldn't agree terms.

Their loss is Chelsea's gain however, and if the 28-year-old continues in this rich vain of form then the Blues could quickly find themselves back in the title race.

Whilst Pedro made his debut, there was no place in the squad for 21-year-old Baba Rahman. The Ghanain, signed from Augsburg, is set to challenge Azpilicueta for a place in the Blues line-up.

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