Fresh from what he considers to be his best moment in a Chelsea shirt so far, Pedro spoke to the club’s official website about that goal, maintaining the momentum and playing in a new environment…
Chelsea supporters had barely taken their seats on Sunday when they were back on their feet again, celebrating our quickest league goal in over a decade.
When Marcos Alonso lofted a ball over the top of Manchester United’s defence with 25 seconds on the clock, it didn’t look like there was much danger. That, however, would be ignoring the anticipation, speed and skill of Pedro. He darted in behind, neatly chested the ball around his compatriot David De Gea and slotted home on his left. Composure personified and the perfect way to open his account for the season on the day he brought up his half-century of Chelsea appearances.
‘A lot of movement can make a difference and this was one such moment,’ he explains.
‘I was very happy for the goal, to score again, and for my 50th appearance for this club. It was a special day for me.
‘It’s nice to play 50 games, no? This is a big club and for me it’s a pleasure to have made this many appearances. I hope I will make many more.
‘The supporters were really good with the team and I enjoyed that moment a lot,’ Pedro smiles, recalling his celebration in front of the Matthew Harding stand, where a beaming ballboy and fans shared the moment of ecstasy.
Pedro has come in to the team in the past couple of games on the right side of a front three, and the Spaniard played an important part in our impressive victories over Leicester and Man United. We ask him what our new formation has been like for the team and him, and what the man behind it, Antonio Conte, has brought to the club.
‘Training has been very good with him,’ Pedro starts. ‘He has a good idea about football, he is a strong character and he’s really a very good guy and he is good for the team.
‘The new system is different but these three games have shown it’s a good solution for us. It’s worked very well and it’s good for us to have another option. It suits the players we have and it’s been perfect for our team.
‘Personally I have high confidence at the moment. I am feeling good physically and mentally, and the mentality at the club is very strong and competitive.’
There will be no let-up this evening when we travel across London to take on West Ham in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Pedro started both of our previous successes in this competition so far this season, against Bristol Rovers and Leicester, and hopes to feature again at the London Stadium as we aim to keep the positive momentum going.
‘It’s an important game. We want to continue to play with this confidence and this mentality. It’s a new competition, it’s the cup, and it will be a difficult game. West Ham are a good team too.
‘It’s always good to see a new stadium and experience it, but then you just want to prepare for the game and then win it.’
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