Interview

Pedro explains how Chelsea create chances with Wolves waiting

Pedro says he and his team-mates are well aware of the problems Wolverhampton Wanders can pose after our last fixture against them, but is excited by our recent good form.

We are currently on a run of three consecutive victories in all competitions, with the Spaniard finding the net in both of the home wins in that spell, opening the scoring against Tottenham and Dynamo Kiev.

However, he knows we need to continue that trend if we are to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, starting when we host Wolves at Stamford Bridge, a team he knows are dangerous following our defeat at Molineux in early December.

‘All the team are playing very good and this is the way to continue, because now is a very important period until the end,’ he said. ‘It is important for us, every game is a final until the end and all the team knows this.

‘It’s so important for this club to enter in the Champions League, because I think Chelsea need to play Champions League. It’s a very big competition for us and this year it’s not possible to play Champions League, but we have to fight during this year until the end to reach the top four and to enter also through the Europa League if we win.

‘Of course, now the most important thing is to go step by step, game by game. Wolves is a difficult team to play, but we have been preparing during the week because we need the three points.

‘Always every game in England is so difficult. Wolves, we remember the last game when we lost 2-1. It’s a difficult team because, pressing really good with the five at the back, it is so difficult to find the space between the lines to create chances against them. It’s a very difficult team, also when they played against other top teams, they have had great results. For this reason, for sure it’s a difficult game for us.’

Pedro also discussed his enjoyment of the brand of football seen at the Bridge this season under Maurizio Sarri, and believes the current Chelsea squad are well suited to it.

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He also sees some similarities between our current play and the possession-based style he grew up with in the Barcelona youth system and then used to great success in the first team at Camp Nou, before moving to west London.

‘I think the idea is really good, I love his idea to press really high and to recover the ball and create chances and to stay close to the target, because for the characteristics of our players it’s better to press really high than to wait, but sometimes we need to wait to stay compact and sometimes we need to press them really high.

‘The similarity is I think to create a lot of chances with a big possession, like Barcelona maybe, when they want more touches on the ball and create chances with the players in between the lines to attack the space with a few movements. Also when you are pressing really high with the team and the line of the defenders on the half up the pitch, this the same.

‘Maybe the biggest difference is Barcelona have been playing their football for 20 years. For this reason the idea is so clear. It is the first year here and it is different for so many players, but I think the idea is clear now and it is good for me to play in this way because always in Barcelona, in Spain, we played this way.’

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