The latest edition ofChelsea, available in print and digital format, is out now and features an exclusive interview with Pedro, who discusses his and the team's form this season.
There have been so many outstanding performers in the Chelsea team this season that the club's Player of the Year vote at the end of the campaign is likely to be closer than ever.
If his recent form is anything to go by, Pedro’s name will undoubtedly be in the frame to take the prize in May following a string of impressive displays and important goals.
The most recent of those, his ninth of the season, came on Sunday at Turf Moor when he brilliantly finished off a quick counter attack to give us an early lead against Burnley.
Having signed for the Blues from Barcelona at the start of last season, Pedro believes he is in the best form of his Chelsea career to date right now.
‘This is the best moment for me at this club, and also the best moment for the whole team since I’ve been here,’ he tells Chelsea.
‘Always, in training, it is about hard work, especially with this coach, when we have to work on many aspects we will need during the games. We are running more, working hard on different situations that will come up and also working on shooting. So we are doing all these things in training, but the most important thing is that everybody is putting in the hard work.
‘We are working together for the same things and it’s easier to focus in the games when you are playing with confidence.’
As is often the case with players moving to England from a different country, it has taken Pedro a little time to consistently produce the form which ensured he was a valuable part of one of the best club sides of all time in Barcelona.
‘I understand the Premier League more now,’ he says. ‘It’s very different compared to Spain but now I’m in my second year here and I understand the football. It’s quicker, more intense and more competitive.
‘Spain is different. It’s more tactical, it’s more about passing the ball and developing something. Here it’s quicker when you attack, and everything is different.
‘You have to change mentally and it’s difficult to adapt at first, but I have changed, I have done that now.
‘Then, when you go back to play for the national team, you really feel this difference, you can see an improvement from the physical side. Spanish football is more about technique, about the touch of the ball and the way you play, but here in England you can add pace and power to your game.’
Having already scored nine goals this season, including a brilliant strike against Tottenham which earned him the Premier League’s Goal of the Month award for November, Pedro explains how his role in Antonio Conte’s favoured 3-4-3 formation has enabled him to get into more dangerous positions.
‘I always think about how I can score a goal and help my team, so when I have a chance I try to score, I try to help my team – this is my job,’ he says.
‘I’m playing a lot more on the inside now than I was last season. I am getting on the ball and receiving passes more centrally, and getting in more goalscoring positions as well – obviously my team-mates are helping me to do this.’
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