Chelsea winger Pedro has claimed that tomorrow’s clash with Manchester United Old Trafford is ‘like a final’ to the players.
It’s remarkable to think that Pedro, a player who has won the Champions League three times, has only qualified for the competition once while playing for Chelsea.
The then Antonio Conte led Chelsea were in it last season, but had their pants pulled down by Pedro’s former employers Barcelona in the knockout stages.
It’s safe to say that he hasn’t had the best European experience in a Chelsea shirt.
The Spaniard will be hoping to qualify this time around, with next season perhaps his last chance of playing in the Champions League in a Chelsea shirt.
We’re three wins from achieving it, but face the task of defeating Man United at Old Trafford tomorrow afternoon. Pedro has spoken to Sky Sports about the magnitude of the game:
“It is like a final for us. It is so important to reach the top four. We need to win in Manchester but we know it is difficult to play there.”
“They have very good players and are a very good team. Maybe they are not in a very good moment, or in very good form, but we need to fight together to win this game.”
Cliche it may be, but every game is a final from this point onwards, the first of which is tomorrow. We need to leave the north with three points – and no less.