Chelsea enjoyed instant success upon their investment of £21 million on Barcelona winger Pedro, as the 28-year-old contributed to the 3-2 win over West Brom. Many viewed the decision to sign the three-time Champions League winner as being hasty, but he provided the right tools that Chelsea have been missing for the last few Premier League games. Chelsea’s troubles began towards the end of last season and they have never really got going. A 2-2 draw against Swansea on the opening day was followed by a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City.
The inefficiency of the forward line-up was especially surprising considering that the blues were one of the highest scorers in the league last season. Mourinho went as far as naming seven first-team players who he perceived as being far from their best at the start of the campaign. The Portuguese will be hoping for much better from the likes of John Terry, Nemanja Matic, and Eden Hazard going forward, but the win over West Brom was certainly crucial to the team. It provides some much-needed confidence for the upcoming games. Mourinho said:
“It was a fantastic performance. When we had the ball we were always dangerous, and the three goals is short for the chances that we created and for the football we played.
“I have to say sorry to many people that we won the match, because it is a huge disappointment for many.
“I don’t think [about the red card]. I prefer not to think. I prefer to do what I have been trying to do since the beginning of the championship, which is to focus on the game and on the result.”
The league title winning team of last season was certainly not without its flaws. While the team was at its flowing best in the early part of the season, Chelsea can be criticised of taking too long to get the ball to Diego Costa. It was one of the reasons for the Spaniard failing to keep his goals to game ratio in the second half. Pedro seems to bring the urgency back to the forward line up. The former Barcelona winger is quick to find someone in the box who is capable of heading or firing a low shot past the goalkeeper.
This ultimately proved to be the difference, as two of the goals came via speculative efforts. The latter was turned in by Diego Costa, who finally opened his scoring for the campaign. Radamel Falcao, who came on as the substitute in the final 10 minutes of the game, looked in decent shape and could have almost helped himself to a goal. Even though Chelsea clung on for a win at the end of the game, it is the result that matters the most. Upcoming opponents like Crystal Palace, Everton, and Arsenal will provide much bigger tests for the blues.