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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho compares Pedro to Diego Armando Maradona after superb debut


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he was not surprised after new signing Pedro produced a brilliant performance on Sunday afternoon against West Bromwich Albion.

The Spaniard completed pre-season with Barcelona before moving to Stamford Bridge and he was full of energy as he scored one and turned provider for another at the Hawthorns.

And Mourinho was full of praise for the 28-year-old at the end of the match.

"He wasn't quite Maradona but he was close," Mourinho told Chelsea TV.

"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.

"We worked tactically every day since he arrived for him to try to understand the team and for the team to try to understand what he wants and needs. It was a very good performance."

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