29th of May 2019

Chelsea-Arsenal

Now I’m ready for retirement!! It was the joke that came to my mind talking to the official Chelsea media after winning the Europa League final in Baku. They told me I was the first player to achieve this combination of great trophies: World Cup, Euro, Champions League, Premier League, and Europa League. An incredible feeling!!

Pedro con el Trofeo de Europa League 2018-19

It was the first time in the competition and thanks to an awesome squad we won the title. In addition, I had the opportunity to contribute to the final victory against Arsenal with a goal. We won 4-1.

I use to have a replica at home of all the trophies I have won and the Europa League is a special one for me. I have won a lot of titles, but to achieve it the first season playing the competition and against a big rival like Arsenal was a great achievement.

Before the game we were expecting an open final already, against a great team that plays good football, so we were aware of a hard-fight game.

Pedro celebra su gol en Bakú (2-0)

And so it was. We had to deal with an Arsenal on-fire during the first half, with a very high pace, but we managed to keep our and in the second half we started strong. We moved the ball quickly, exchanging passes between the lines and creating chances. Giroud soon put us ahead.

At 60' I scored the second goal of the game, thanks to a Hazard cross in the area that I finished off at the back of the goal defended by Petr Cech. The ball came from the left and I shot with my left foot, near the right post. Eden scored the other two goals that secured the title for us, despite Ibowi scored for Arsenal too. We enjoyed hard the title on the pitch!!

 

Europa League
Baku Olympýc Stadium | 29/05/2019 21:00

Chelsea
Chelsea
Arsenal
Arsenal
4 - 1

Match Stats

Chelsea F.C:
Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic (Barkley 76'); Pedro (Willian 71'), Giroud, Hazard (Zappacosta 89').


Arsenal:

Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny (c), Monreal (Guendouzi 66'); Maitland-Niles, Torreira (Iwobi 66'), Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil (Willock 77'); Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Goles:
1-0 Giroud 49', 2-0 Pedro 60', 3-0 Hazard (p) 65', 3-1 Iwobi 69', 4-1 Hazard 72'.

Árbitro:
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) booked Pedro (56') and Christensen (68').

Incidencias:
UEFA Europa League final 2018/19, played at Baku Olympic Stadium with 69.000 fans on the stands.


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