It was tough, it was wet, but it was brilliant. An extremely hard fought win against a good West Brom team who pushed Chelsea all the way in what was, in the end, a tight contest.
And who made the difference on the day, it was of course the new boy - Pedro Rodriguez.
It was though that the former Barcelona man wouldn't start as he’s only had a few days training and would also need time to adapt like a lot of players do, but not this guy. From the start he was making intense runs up and down the pitch and causing all sorts of issues for the West Brom defence, as well as linking up so well with his new team-mates.
What was also apparent was how he has added a different dimension to Chelsea’s attack. Unlike Willian, Oscar and Hazard who like the ball at their feet, Pedro plays well off the last man and can make runs and wait for the ball, then find the killer pass or shot to finish off a move.
His assist for Diego Costa’s goal summed it up perfectly as he waited for the ball from Willian after Hazard had cleverly pulled the defenders away with a darting run. This allowed Pedro to ping a low cross to the back post where Costa tapped it in.
It may be too early to tell how well this could work against other teams but it is good to see a player trying different things than the attackers that we are use to. Pedro deservedly got man of the match and may well start the next game against Crystal Palace for the Blues. I hope he does - it's so far so good to the man from Barcelona.
Do you think Pedro can help Chelsea win the title this season?
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