Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was not surprised Pedro enjoyed such an impressive debut for the Blues after watching him up close in training last week.
Pedro scored a goal and provided an assist in a Man of the Match display against West Brom on Sunday afternoon - but Courtois expected his talented new teammate would make a swift impact in the Premier League.
“We already had a good feeling from his first training session,” the Belgium international was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. “He showed his quality straight away and was scoring goals.
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“Of course, he had to adapt a little because our way of training is different to Barcelona’s but he did well from the start. He showed he was ready to make an impact in the first game and then did it in the match.
“There were a lot of stories that he was going to United but he came here — and that was good for us. He is a great guy and there are a lot of Spanish-speaking people here, so it makes for a good atmosphere and helps the togetherness of the team.”
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Chelsea have signed a top player
Chelsea paid £21 million to sign Pedro from Barcelona last week and, if his debut is anything to go by, it seems the Blues have landed themselves a superb footballer who is not just technically gifted but also works extremely hard for the team.
Jose Mourinho knows this is true of Pedro after coaching in Spain for three years, where he came up against the Spanish World Cup winner on multiple occasions while managing Real Madrid.
Pedro wanted to stay at Barcelona - the club of his heart - but knew the time had come to leave the Camp Nou after falling further down the pecking order last season.
Barcelona’s current head coach won the treble last season with a front-three comprised of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar - unquestionably three of the world’s great forwards - and breaking up that particular triumvirate was an impossible task for Pedro.
He has subsequently found a new home in Stamford Bridge - and will make his first appearance as a Chelsea player at the Blues’ home ground against Crystal Palace this weekend.
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