Analysis

Pedro admits he should have had a hat-trick but feels calm and confident for what lies ahead

Pedro was at the heart of things last night - involved in all four of our first-half goals - and he reflected on a difficult obstacle passed and a big finish to the season. 

The Spaniard opened the scoring with a delicate finish and even though his shooting boots eluded him from a couple of yards out a few minutes later, the ball still rebounded into the net off a Slavia defender for our second of the night.

Pedro then coolly teed up Olivier Giroud for his 10th Europa League goal of the campaign, and after the visitors got one back the winger bundled in a fourth before the half-hour mark had been reached.

It was not all plain sailing in the end and Pedro paid tribute to our Czech opposition after two hard-fought games, the second of which he was pleased to make such a positive contribution in.

‘For me it’s always good to score and help my team,’ he said.

‘For my first goal it was a great combination with Azpi and a good final finish. I should have had three but we got lucky because after I touched the ball it touched the defender and went in!

‘It was a really tough game for us. They fight and press really high. This team was interesting for me, but the most important thing was our team-work.’

Hitting targets

Next up in the Europa League is a semi-final date with Eintracht Frankfurt, who impressively overturned a 4-2 first-leg deficit to progress past Benfica last night on away goals.

Before the trip to Germany we have a pair of Premier League games against Burnley and Manchester United to look forward to, and Pedro believes we are well set to finish the campaign on a high.

‘To pass to the semi-final was a big target for us. The result gives us confidence for the final games of the season.

‘Now we need to stay calm, enjoy this win because it wasn’t easy, and now to prepare well for Burnley because it’s another very important game for us.’

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