Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma, commonly known as Pedro, who arrived to Chelsea from Barcelona only last week, performed well on his debut on Sunday; he scored an opener, cutting through the hosts’ defence only twenty minutes into the game, and then assisted his fellow countryman Diego Costa to double the lead ten minutes later.
Scotland international James Morrison, whose penalty was earlier saved by Chelsea’s keeper Thibaut Courtois feet, scored then for the Baggies five minutes after the Costa’s goal, but another Spanish International, Cesar Azpilicueta, netted in for the Blues before the break.
The three fine goals from the Spanish trio provided a nice 3-1 cushion for the visitors at the beginning of the second-half but then the drama started, when the Blues captain John Terry was red carded for a foul on Salomon Rondon in the 54th minute. This was Rondon’s debut with West Brom, as he was their new signing from Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg. The Venezuelan international played well and, before he was fouled by Terry, he assisted Morrison’s first goal and was a constant thorn in the heart of the Chelsea defence.
After Terry’s sending - off, the Champions continued with 10 – men and soon Morrison took the advantage and headed in his second for 3-2.
The Blues had a poor start of the season and have earned only four points from three Premier League games; they are now five points behind Manchester City. There were also controversies in every game they played so far – during the opening match of the season against Swansea, the club doctor Eva Carneiro’s intervention angered manager Jose Mourinho; the intervention came at the point when he had to deal with the fact that his team was reduced to nine men. The doctor and her colleague no longer attend club matches.
And there is also an ongoing debate about Terry’s form, as he was substituted at half-time during the Manchester City match. The Champions’ manager himself criticised form of some other players, but the new signing Pedro gave their attacking line an extra thrust.
As for the hosts, they will be holding their heads high on the back of the performance on Sunday, with a well-taken brace against the Champions. #Football