3rd of May 2017

The crucial strike specialist in Title race

Pedro has often made the most of his opportunities this season, netting 12 goals for the Blues including several priceless strikes in Blues’ quest for both the Premier League and FA Cup this year.

Whether it’s the Spaniard’s searing pace, his canniness to find space in the opposition box and get on the end of passes, or his fine finishing ability with his head and either foot, the forward certainly has a knack for picking the locks of opposition defences at vital times in games. Here you can found some of that.

- MANCHESTER UNITED – 23 OCTOBER

Having frustrated Liverpool in a 0-0 draw at Anfield a few days earlier, Manchester United were expected to park the bus once again at Stamford Bridge. However, that game-plan went out of the window after just 30 seconds as Pedro capitalised on indecision in the United defence to run onto Marcos Alonso’s lofted pass and round goalkeeper David De Gea before stroking the ball into the unguarded net. The Spaniard’s early strike sparked a memorable 4-0 rout of the Red Devils.

- TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR – 26 NOVEMBER

With half-time approaching in the London derby, Chelsea were trailing 1-0 and looking second-best to Tottenham when Pedro conjured up a moment of magic to turn the tide. Receiving the ball from Nemanja Matic on the left of the Spurs box, he feinted to shoot with his left boot but quickly checked back and curled an elegant effort with his right past Hugo Lloris to level the score. The sublime strike won the Premier League’s Goal of the Month award and inspired us to a 2-1 win which kept us on top of the league and extended our unbeaten home record against Spurs to 30 games.

- BOURNEMOUTH – 26 DECEMBER

The Blues were seeking a club record 12th consecutive league win when Bournemouth arrived at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day and frustrated the Blues for the opening 23 minutes. However, the breakthrough arrived when Cesc Fabregas fed the ball to Pedro on the edge of the box and the wily Spaniard produced a perfectly-weighted chip with his left boot which dipped over goalkeeper Artur Boruc and found the far corner of the net to break the deadlock in our 3-0 win.

- WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS – 12 FEBRUARY

He may be one of the shortest players on the Chelsea squad but Pedro is quite adept in the air, netting two of his goals this season with his head. His first rounded off a 3-0 win against Leicester in the league while the second provided the crucial breakthrough after 65 minutes in the 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fifth round of the FA Cup. With Diego Costa, Hazard and Willian drawing the attention of seven Wolves players on the right of the box, Pedro ghosted in behind the defence on the opposite side and met Willian’s hanging cross with a firm header into the bottom corner.

- EVERTON – 30 APRIL

If Chelsea do go on to regain the Premier League title this season, we will look back very fondly at Pedro’s magnificent strike at Goodison Park which finally broke the resistance of Everton in a 3-0 win. There didn’t seem to be too much danger for the Toffees when he received the ball from Matic with his back to goal 25 metres out midway through the second half. However, he sold Phil Jagielka with a neat swerve before launching a left-footed rocket which flew past the outstretched fingers of Maarten Stekelenburg to spark a crucial 3-0 away win.

 

- Article by Chelseafc.com

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