The 28-year-old, who joined the West London outfit from Liga BBVA giants Barcelona on Thursday in a deal worth a reported £21million, inspired his new club to their first victory of the new season and he scored one and created another in the first-half against West Brom.
Pedro broke the deadlock after 20 minutes as his effort from just inside the penalty took a deflection before hitting the back of the net and then he turned provider on the half hour mark as his cross-cum-shot was turned in by compatriot Diego Costa.
The winger’s performance has been a hot topic in social media in the aftermath of the game at the Hawthorns and Mourinho has become the latest to join in on the plaudits for his new £21m purchase:
“He wasn’t quite Maradona but he was close,” the Blues boss told Chelsea TV [via Standard Sport].
“He’s a very good player. There is always a question mark because of how many top players come to England and don’t perform immediately.”
“We have examples in our club and there are lots of examples at other clubs, so it’s very nice for him to come and straight away perform the way he did.”
“I expected him to perform like that because he had a good pre-season, and he played three competitive matches. He came with minutes, with intensity, so it was not a question of intensity and condition, it was a question of understanding,” Mourinho added.
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(Image) Pedro, Thibaut Courtois, Cesc Fabregas & Chelsea team-mates celebrate West Brom victory on team coach