Pedro declared himself “very happy” after scoring one goal and making another on his debut to help Chelsea to a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion.
Having arrived from Barcelona earlier this week in a deal, Pedro was thrust straight into action by manager Jose Mourinho on Chelsea’s right flank. He opened his account with a deflected shot in the tenth minute following a one-two with Eden Hazard before teeing up Diego Costa and despite the second-half dismissal of John Terry for a professional foul, the visitors held out for their first win of the Premier League season.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho refused to blame John Terry after his dismissal at West Brom – but believes appealing the red could be a waste of time.
The defender was sent off early in the second half for pulling back Salomon Rondon to continue his difficult start to the season.
Chelsea hung on for a 3-2 win at The Hawthorns to record their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season after Pedro’s debut goal set them on course for the win.
Terry retained his place after being substituted during last week’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City and Mourinho feels appealing the sending off would not be worth it.
Pedro struck a debut Chelsea goal to inspire the champions to their first win of the season in a 3-2 victory at West Brom as John Terry’s wretched season continued.
Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta also netted before Terry was sent off for bringing down Salomon Rondon after the break.
The Blues skipper retained his place despite being hauled off in Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend but doubts will grow over his future under Jose Mourinho.
James Morrison missed a first-half penalty but still scored twice as the Baggies gave Chelsea a scare, but they are still looking for their first win of the Barclays Premier League season.
Jose Mourinho is adamant Chelsea will still be able to regain their Premier League crown if Tony Pulis claims a hat-trick of wins in Sunday’s clash at West Brom.
Pulis has masterminded successive wins over the Blues boss with Crystal Palace and then with the Baggies in May.
Chelsea are bidding to recover from their worst start to a season in 17 years, but Mourinho insists even a defeat would not be a problem.
“We can (afford to lose),” the Portuguese coach said.
“Eight points in England is 80 points in other leagues, because in other leagues, eight points is an eternity.
With their two recent acquisitions, Chelsea have released an updated squad number list. Pedro will wear the No.17 jersey and fellow new signing Baba Rahman will now wear his preferred No.6.
Chelsea’s squad list is now as follows:
1 – Asmir Begovic
2 – Branislav Ivanovic
4 – Cesc Fabregas
5 – Kurt Zouma
6 – Baba Rahman
7 – Ramires
8 – Oscar
9 – Radamel Falcao
10 – Eden Hazard
11 – Juan Cuadrado
12 – John Mikel Obi
13 – Thibaut Courtois
14 – Bertrand Traore
17 – Pedro
18 – Loic Remy
19 – Diego Costa
20 – Victor Moses
21 – Nemanja Matic
22 – Willian
24 – Gary Cahill
26 – John Terry
27 – Jamal Blackman
28 – Cesar Azpilicueta
29 – Nathaniel Chalobah
34 – Ola Aina
35 – Dominic Solanke
36 – Ruben Loftus-Cheek
37 – Jake Clarke-Salter
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According to reports in the UK ad Italy, Chelsea have had a offer of £69m (€95m) for Paul Pogba turned down by Juventus.
According to Sky Sport Italia Juventus have no intention of selling the 22-year-old midfielder this season and after giving Pogba their iconic Number 10 jersey they intend to build their team around the Frenchman.
Barcelona had previously been considered the hot favourites to tempt Pogba away, but their attempts were also rebuffed.
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Pedro is officially a Chelsea player and in his first interview the former Barcelona winger made it very clear that he came to Chelsea to win trophies.
The 28-year-old Spaniard signed a four-year deal after the Blues agreed a £21.4 million (30 million euros) fee with Barcelona, with £2.1 million of the payment being performance-related add-ons and he is expected to make his debut in Sunday’s match at West Brom.
It was Mourinho and former Barcelona playmaker Fabregas, whose first season at Stamford Bridge ended with a Premier League and Capital One Cup double, who persuaded Pedro to join the Blues.
For weeks we have been hearing that Barcelona striker Pedro was heading to Manchester United. Personal terms were reportedly agreed months ago, and with Barca’s Uefa Super Cup and Spanish Cup games completed, the long-term Barcelona forward was supposed to sign for United.
But while United CEO Ed Woodward haggled over €3m, Chelsea swooped in an stole the Spanish international. United were offering Barcelona €25m up front and up to €5m in extras while Chelsea offered €28m plus another €2m in add-ons.
Jose Mourinho’s substitution of captain John Terry at half-time of Sunday’s match with Manchester City was as much a political move as it was a footballing one.
By removing Terry, ostensible to add more pace to the Chelsea defence, Mourinho was sending a message to the Chelsea board that he needs defensive reinforcements, preferably in the form of Everton defender John Stones.
By taking out Terry, Mourinho was also sending a message to the whole Chelsea squad that nobody’s place in the team is safe.
Branislav Ivanovic is set to become the latest player axed by Jose Mourinho, with new signing Abdul Baba Rahman poised to go straight into the Chelsea team and Cesar Azpilicueta shunting over to right-back.
With the champions’ early-season form a growing concern, manager Mourinho is ready to place his faith in pacy Ghanaian left-back Rahman, whom he believes will do a better job of holding down the position than his now-sold predecessor, Filipe Luis.
Chelsea, who have reportedly had a third, improved bid of £30m for Everton centre-back John Stones rejected, travel to West Brom this weekend with Mourinho concerned about the form of two of his most experienced stars.
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