Chelsea completed a €30 million (£21.5m) deal to bring the 28-year-old from Barcelona on Thursday, with Jose Mourinho claiming that his club had signed “one of the best attacking players in the world”.
“They could have Pedro, (Diego) Costa and (Eden) Hazard playing, that’s not bad is it?”
‘We have one point from two matches.
The Chelsea boss has been in an abrasive mood since the opening day of the campaign and has no qualms in admitting that he is not pleased with the performance of his team. I am happy with that kind of attitude.
Hazard was voted player of the year when Chelsea finished eight points clear in the Premier League last season but too often the London club were overly reliant on the Belgium winger to make things tick for them in an attacking sense.
All the Blues’ defeats since the start of the 2014-15 season came to managers with surnames beginning with P.
“When I’m told a player wants to leave Barcelona or Real Madrid I always put a question mark”.
Louis van Gaal said that the club lost interest in signing the forward, but Pedro’s agent Antonio Sanz stated, “Maybe Manchester United fell asleep”.
Mourinho says Pedro has been bold in leaving Barca – where he won 20 trophies – but usually started on the bench.
“Well, we normally train very well, but I think this week we trained better than ever”, said Mourinho, ahead of his side’s third game of the Premier League season at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Saido Berahino is set to face Chelsea despite the ongoing speculation over his West Brom future. Mourinho is one of the main reasons why I’m here.
“(Pedro) wants to play every game.
“When you have strikers like we have, why not play with two strikers?” he said.
“I wouldn’t mind to go to the superstitious side of the game”, Mourinho said. During 2009-10 season, he became the first player in the history to score in six different official competitions in a single season.
The Blues also hope to conclude the signing of Everton defender John Stones before the transfer window shuts on September 1, although the Toffees are sticking firm and determined to hold on to the England worldwide.